Jury: Man must pay $28M for sex abuse
May 26, 2011 12:46PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
A Cook County jury has ruled that a Midlothian man must pay $28 million to a man he sexually abused for years during the late 1990s, in what an attorney calls the largest such judgment in Illinois.
The jury rendered its verdict Tuesday in the lawsuit, ordering Michael P. Kenny to pay the award, including $21 million in punitive damages, according to court records.
They indicated that the victim was about 12 and Kenny was an adult family friend when he began abusing him. On about 60 occasions from August 1996 to June 2000, Kenny sexually assaulted the victim, causing him to suffer severe and permanent psychological injuries, according to the lawsuit.
Court records say Kenny lives in the 4400 block of 152nd Street, but the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said his whereabouts are unknown. SNAP said Kenny was coaching children’s sports, which prompted the victim to file his lawsuit.