HARC Job Coach Accused of Sexually Assaulting 2 Clients
In July, former HARC employee Ricardo Marchand appeared in court to face allegations that he sexually abused two male clients in the program for people with intellectual disabilities. The 53-year-old worked for HARC as a job coach and is accused of abusing the victims at both HARC offices and an Allstate warehouse in Granby, where he supervised the victims at work. He has been charged with second-degree and fourth-degree sexual assault.
The first victim’s mother contacted Hartford Police in November 2017 after she found pornography on her son’s phone. The victim told his mother that Marchand made him and the second victim watch the videos and mimic what they saw. The first victim told police that Marchand threatened to give him a bad report if he did not participate in the sexual acts.
According to the police, HARC told officers that the allegations could not be true because Marchand was never left alone with clients. They released a statement to FOX61, saying that the organization is troubled by the allegations and is cooperating with the police investigation.
According to the arrest warrant, police believe that Marchand was sexually assaulting clients from 2014 until 2017.
Marchand was fired in May 2017 when another employee saw him shove a HARC client.
Legal Recourse for Survivors of Institutional Sexual Abuse
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to add some thoughts on how the legal system can help survivors of institutional sexual abuse by authority figures:
Sexual predators are often in positions of authority over vulnerable individuals – such as teachers, coaches, correctional officers, etc. Sadly, these sick predators prey on victims who they see as easy targets. The victims of this type of institutional sexual assault deserve justice for the trauma they and their families and suffered. This is why it’s crucial to make sure the abuser is prosecuted. Additionally, institutions whose negligence enables or fails to prevent sexual abuse can also be held liable if the victims and their families decide to file a lawsuit.
For example, an organization might be considered negligent if they failed to report allegations of sexual misconduct to law enforcement, allowed an employee accused of abuse to continue working for them, or failed to run a background check before hiring a new employee.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of institutional sexual abuse, your family can find justice through the legal system. If you’d like to learn more about your family’s legal options, contact one of our experienced sexual abuse survivor attorneys for a free consultation.