Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Saint John NB sexual assault investigation shut down

This week on 16×9, we update an exclusive report we originally aired in September 2013.

Our story featured the dark memories of survivors of childhood sexual assaults committed by former Saint John, N.B., police officer Kenneth Estabrooks. 16×9’s investigation looked at abuses spanning 25 years from 1957 to 1982. It was the first time many of the survivors had ever told anyone their stories. Over a six-month investigation, we uncovered the names of 40 people who say they were sexually assaulted by Estabrooks when they were children.

Two days after our story aired, the City of Saint John revealed shocking new victim numbers that were much higher than anyone had imagined. Investigators hired by the city said they had received information leading them to believe Estabrooks assaulted 263 children, making him one of the worst child predators in Canadian history.

After our story aired bringing national focus to the abuses, Bobby Hayes, who told us he was one of the survivors, finally felt he could speak publicly about what happened to him.

“You start to think about someone raping you, beating you up, pouring gas on you, urinating on you, following you, terrorizing you, showing you their gun, bullying you, harassing you, picking you up by the hair on your head, slam your head against a wall,” he says, shaking his head.

“There’s not too many that he never caught. That’s the scary part.”

In December, Hayes was named lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit launched against the City of Saint John, its Police Commission and its Police Department.

Hayes’s lawyer, John McKiggan, told 16×9 the city has now stopped the investigation which was focused on uncovering all of Estabrooks’ victims.

“You’ll have to speak to their council to see why they’ve stopped the investigation, but it’s correct to say that they have,” said McKiggan.  (more...)

The story, as it developed:

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