HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A bill before the Connecticut Legislature would give alleged sex abuse victims of a now-deceased Hartford doctor more time to sue the hospital where he worked.
Dr. George Reardon died in 1998, several years after the state began investigating allegations he molested children at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, The Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported Monday.
In 2007, nearly 50 years after it is alleged he began abusing children, more than 100 movie reels and 50,000 slides of child pornography were found hidden in a wall of Reardon's former home in West Hartford, the Courant reported.
Reardon allegedly photographed children in sexually suggestive positions, the Courant reported, noting some were patients and others were recruited from the community for what Reardon claimed were growth studies.
The bill before the Legislature would extend the statute of limitations to give victims of sexual abuse three years from the discovery of new evidence to file a lawsuit. More than 100 people already have filed lawsuits alleging St. Francis was negligent in failing to stop Reardon.
In a statement released Friday, St. Francis officials said they were assessing the bill but could comment no further because of the litigation.