Sexual assault victim alleges summer camp negligently hired pedophile to work as camp counselor

A lawsuit filed on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas alleges that the operators of a summer camp acted negligently in hiring a pedophile to work at the camp.  The plaintiff, identified only as "M.W." in the pleadings, alleges that he was sexually assaulted by camp counselor Scott Ash James Zirus.  Zirus later pleaded guilty to committing the crime and was sentenced to forty years in prison.  Named defendants include Zirus, Camp Stewart for Boys, Inc., American Institute for Foreign Study, Inc., and Camp America.  The plaintiff seeks damages of more than $150,000 for mental anguish, physical impairment, and medical costs; and relies on the theories of negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  Astonishingly, the complaint alleges that "[a] simple background check would have revealed that Zirus was a pedophile, unsuitable to work or live with young boys."  For more information see M.W. v. Zirus, et al., SA11CA0265.  Also, if you are someone you know was sexually assaulted, please don't hesitate to contact our office.  Sexual assault cases can reap significant financial awards, and statutes of limitation have recently been extended for victims to file their lawsuits.