Charles H. Hickey School Juvenile Detention Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Formerly Known as the Maryland Training School for Boys, This Juvenile Detention Center Has a History of Rape and Sexual Abuse of Minors

Maryland Juvenile detention centers have been irresponsible in their duties to protect the vulnerable minors in their care. Youth detention centers, like the Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School, ignored reports of rapes and sexual assaults for many years. These reports were not taken seriously by the centers.

Many juvenile prisoners experience incarceration due to traumatic experiences, poor family relationships, and untreated mental health issues. These can lead to poor decision-making and a move toward acts of crime. We are talking about minors, people who have very little control over where, how, and with whom they grow up.

Serving time in a juvenile detention center is supposed to be a minor’s “payment of debt to society.” The incarceration is the punishment. Minors should not experience cruel and unusual punishment beyond that.

Children in juvenile detention centers should never experience rape, sexual abuse, or assault by the adults in charge.

If you or a loved one is a survivor of childhood rape or sexual abuse while incarcerated in a Maryland juvenile detention center, you are not at fault, and you are not alone. The experienced attorneys at The Yost Legal Group are representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse that happened in Maryland’s youth detention centers.

If you are ready to talk, we are here to listen. Call or text today at 410-659-6800.

Young boy raped at Charles H. Hickey School juvenile detention center in Maryland.

Uncovering the Horrors Inside Maryland’s Youth Detention Centers

These young people were raped and assaulted in juvenile detention. They did not deserve to be mistreated, no matter the reason they were locked up. They should not have been ignored or made fun of. They were talking about the bad things that happened to them in Maryland’s youth detention centers.

These facilities and the state of Maryland that oversees them have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the minors in their care. All parties involved with the management of these juvenile detention centers failed in their duties to protect vulnerable minors.

Now, thanks to Maryland’s Child Victims Act, survivors have a chance to advocate for themselves, to come forward, to pursue legal action against the facility where they were harmed.

Young teenage girl was was sexually abuse while in a Maryland juvenile detention center.

Survivors Find Their Voice Thanks to Maryland’s Child Victims Act

The Child Victims Act has invigorated thousands of survivors to come forward, speak their truths, and seek justice. The Archdiocese of Baltimore alone is facing over 700 lawsuits from survivors who reported their childhood sexual abuses.

These brave and resilient survivors are going to help make sure these abusive institutions are held accountable for their complacency in the malice treatment of minors.

We here at The Yost Legal Group believe the next step is taking on Maryland’s juvenile and youth detention centers where rape and sexual abuses went unchecked for decades.

By February of 2024, there were already over 200 survivors who were suing Maryland’s juvenile justice agency. The lawsuits alleged abuse at 15 juvenile detention facilities. But it is believed there are far more cases than those.

Sexual abuse in juvenile detention centers turns into so many young victims of sexual abuse. One of our child sexual abuse lawyers can help you seek justice. Rape in juvenile jails has a going on for years and we are working to hold the department of juvenile services accountable.

There is an extensive list of Maryland’s juvenile detention centers you can find at this link. Some of the facilities are defunct, others are still active. No matter the operational status, if you or a loved one was raped or sexually abused as a minor in one of Maryland’s juvenile detention centers by an employee or contractor, you may have a case.

If you or a loved one was raped or sexually abused as a minor in a Maryland juvenile detention center and you are ready to tell your truth, contact The Yost Legal Group today.

Hand cuffs on a teenage boy going to a juvenile jain in Maryland.

Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School Sexual Abuse Claims

The Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School is one juvenile detention facility of note. Not only did the Hickey School come up in the earliest lawsuits against Maryland’s youth centers, we here at The Yost Legal Group are representing several “John Doe’s who are suing the school.

Formerly known as the Maryland Training School for Boys, the Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School has technically been in operation since 1850 when it was first called the House of Refuge.

The original building stood on Frederick Avenue in Baltimore City. The House of Refuge was the very first facility in the state of Maryland to function with the sole purpose of housing minor offenders to keep them away from adults.

Logically and on paper, it is a good idea to keep minors away from adult prisoners.

Unfortunately, the so-called adults in charge were not particularly “innocent” themselves.

Maryland School for Boys Sexual Abuse Claims

After changing its name to the Maryland School for Boys, the juvenile detention center moved in 1910 to its current location near Loch Raven. Then, in 1918, the facility changed its name again, this time to the Maryland Training School for Boys.

The juvenile detention center would operate under that name for decades until adopting its current name of Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School in 1985, in honor of a Baltimore County sheriff who passed away the year prior.

However, several name changes and relocation cannot hide or erase decades of reported sexual abuse. To be exact, the very first reports of maltreatment date back over 160 years to when the facility still had its very first name, the House of Refuge.

Maryland Survivor Breaks Silence on Juvenile Detention Abuse

As mentioned, we are representing several “John Doe”s who were held at the Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School. One such client was there in the 1980s and shared accounts of being groomed and sexually abused by two different guards.

Our client was a teenaged minor. He was incarcerated. There is no such thing as “consent” in either situation. The adult guards, one man, one woman, used their position of influence and power within the facility to rape and sexually abuse our client during his incarceration.

Beyond the personal failings of the guards, there are also clear logistical and systemic failures on the part of Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School’s administration that made it possible for guards to discretely sexually abuse the minors in their care.

Now, our client must deal with the aftermath of horrific psychological trauma. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and behavioral issues on top of the traumas that led to his being incarcerated in the first place.

We must hold these abusive individuals, the institutions that harbored them, and the state of Maryland accountable. The Maryland Department of Justice should not allow rape in juvenile detention centers.

Maryland’s Youth Detention Crisis: Survivors Seek Justice

Unfortunately, a lawsuit will not get anyone their time back. It will not undo the damage that has been done. It will not make the memories go away. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse in a juvenile jail by a guard or staff member call us to talk.

However, pursuing legal action against these institutions can help secure a monetary win that can be used to pay for therapy and medical bills, help your family, etc. Also, holding these abusive institutions accountable can help ensure these atrocities do not happen to the next person.

If you were in a Baltimore juvenile detention center and were sexually abused as a minor while at the Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School or any other Maryland juvenile detention center, we are here to listen. We are here to help. Contact the compassionate sexual abuse survivor attorneys at The Yost Legal Group today. Call or text us at 410-659-6800.

Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyers Helping Survivors Seek Justice

The topic of child sexual abuse can be difficult to talk about. It is important to do so to bring justice and healing to survivors.

Recently, news broke that the Archdiocese of Baltimore has filed for bankruptcy. This was due to lawsuits filed on behalf of hundreds of children whom members of the Maryland Catholic Church sexually abused.

The Church is trying to deter claimants from coming forward and seeking justice and restitution.

Please do not let this bankruptcy filing stop you from seeking justice from your abuser. There is still time for you to come forward and make your claim.

No matter how long ago the sexual assault happened by any member of the Catholic Church or anyone who worked for the Catholic Church, seek our legal counsel. Call The Yost Legal Group at 800-967-8529 for a free, confidential consultation.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has filed for bankruptcy.


Why is it important to come forward now?

Religious leaders hold a sacred responsibility to guide and support their followers. It is truly disheartening when individuals in these positions of authority use their faith to commit acts of sexual abuse and conceal their actions. This is a profound betrayal that cannot be overlooked.

Numerous churches and religious institutions have faced immense scrutiny due to the prevalence of sexual abuse within their ranks.

These institutions have faced criticism for failing to properly address and investigate allegations. The Catholic church is known for not reporting abuse and ensuring the safety of vulnerable individuals, particularly children.

Tragically, we have seen cases of child sexual abuse scandals involving clergy from various religious institutions, including:

  • the Catholic Church
  • Evangelical Christians
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Orthodox Judaism/Yeshivas
  • the Church of Latter-Day Saints/Mormons
  • the Church of Scientology

It is crucial that we acknowledge the extent of this issue and work together to protect those who have been harmed.

The bankruptcy filing will limit the time you have to file a claim. But it does not limit the time of how long ago the abuse happened. Even if you were sexually assaulted over 50 years ago, we can file a claim on your behalf. It’s just the claim must be filed now to protect your rights.

It is painful for survivors of child sexual abuse to come forward. We understand you need support and protection.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of child sexual abuse by the Maryland Catholic Church, it’s time to come forward to make a claim.  Our clergy sexual abuse attorneys are here to help. Don’t let the Archdiocese of Baltimore bankruptcy scare you away.

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Seeking Legal Representation for a Clergy Sexual Abuse Claim

The first step in making a claim is to seek legal representation. The lawyers at The Yost Legal Group have years of experience representing survivors of child sexual abuse. We are ready to fight for your rights.

Clergy sexual abuse is a traumatizing experience that can have long-lasting effects on survivors. If you’re one of them, you may be facing a difficult choice: should you come forward and hold accountable the Catholic Church for what it has done to you?

The decision alone can be overwhelming, let alone having to relive the traumatic experience. We understand that this is a painful process, but it’s also important to remember that you’re not alone.

Our personal injury law attorneys are here to help you seek justice and compensation for your damages. We are string lawyers for victims, especially child victims.

If you are a survivor of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest or other religious organization, let us file a lawsuit on your behalf.

When you call 1-800-967-8529, you will speak to a compassionate clergy abuse lawyer who will provide you with the support and guidance you need.

We will explain the legal process to you in easy terms. Knowing that you don’t have to face this alone is essential.

Why making a church sexual abuse claim is so important?

To make a claim, you’ll need to provide information about the abuse you suffered. We will listen to your story with care and compassion. We will need to know when and where the abuse occurred, who was involved, and how it has affected you and your life.

One of the reasons why clergy sexual abuse is so under-reported is because survivors don’t know who to trust and who to turn to. The Catholic Church has resources that they use to intimidate victims from speaking out.

This has made survivors feel helpless and vulnerable. At The Yost Legal Group, we are entirely dedicated to serving the best interests of survivors and protecting their right to compensation.

Your safety and comfort are our top priorities. We’ll work tirelessly to ensure you are treated with the respect and dignity you deserve.

You can file a claim without using your name publicly, which can provide a level of privacy and protection. Your child sexual abuse lawyer will walk you through the process and ensure that your rights are protected throughout.

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What to expect when filing a claim against the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

It’s natural to have questions about what to expect when making a claim. The bankruptcy court will create a fund to compensate survivors. It is important to know that settlements can take some time.

Your lawyer will update you on your case and answer any questions you have along the way.

It’s essential to prioritize your own well-being throughout this process. Seeking support from trusted friends and family can be helpful.

Why is it essential to come forward?

While deciding to come forward can be difficult, it’s a crucial step towards seeking justice and healing.

By coming forward, you are also helping to protect others from experiencing the same type of abuse. It’s important to remember that you have the right to speak your truth and seek compensation for the harm that was done to you.

You deserve support and care throughout this process, and legal representation can provide that.

The Yost Legal Group is fighting for the rights of clergy sexual abuse survivors every day.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse by the Maryland Catholic Church, it’s important to come forward now to protect your rights to compensation.

The Yost Legal Group lawyers are here to help you navigate the legal process with compassion and care. By calling 1-800-967-8529, you can take the first step. It’s time to come forward and make your voice heard.

Our church sexual abuse lawyers are dedicated to clergy abuse survivors’ rights. If you want to file a lawsuit against the catholic church, our victims’ rights attorneys will demand justice for you.

How we charge for our services.

We do not charge any legal fees upfront. In fact, you do not owe us anything until after we settle your child sexual abuse case. If we recover financial compensation for you, our law firm will take a percentage of the fee. If there is no settlement, there are no legal fees or expenses due.

Please feel free to call us with any questions. We genuinely care and are here for you.