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Staten Island, NY - NYPD Officer, Christopher Terranova, Charged With 2 Counts of Child Sex Abuse

Staten Island, NY - NYPD Officer, Christopher Terranova, Charged With 2 Counts of Child Sex Abuse
Published: July 21, 2023
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on July 21, 2023

NYPD Officer Arrested for Second Time on Sexual Misconduct Charges

According to a report by NY Daily News, a 33-year-old NYPD officer, Christopher Terranova, has been arrested for the second time after an apparent victim came forward, accusing him of serious misconduct that occurred between February 2022 and October 2022. The arrest took place just before 8 a.m. on July 19, 2023, according to the police.

Officer Terranova, who served out of the 121st Precinct on Staten Island, is facing multiple allegations, including sexual abuse of a teenage boy and sending indecent photographs of himself to a minor in 2020, as per reliable sources familiar with the matter.

The initial accusation was made by a teenage boy, who courageously stepped forward to report the alleged sexual abuse by the police officer. Subsequently, another source surfaced, claiming that Terranova had sent indecent photographs of himself to a minor during the previous year.

This incident marks the second time Officer Terranova has been arrested, with the first being in May, leading to his suspension from active duty. He has been a dedicated member of the NYPD for over a decade, making these charges including dissemination of indecent material to a minor, committing a criminal sex act, sexual misconduct, and acting in a manner injurious to a child under age 17, all the more surprising and concerning for the community.

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Filing Lawsuits For Survivors of Sexual Abuse By a Police Officer

In the wake of the shocking arrest of an NYPD officer, survivors of sexual abuse are seeking answers on how to pursue justice in civil cases involving law enforcement officers. To shed light on this critical issue, we sat down with Laurence Banville, Esq., a highly regarded sexual abuse attorney based in New York. In this interview, Mr. Banville shares valuable insights and guidance for survivors on their legal options and the importance of finding the right representation to seek compensation and hold those accountable for sexual abuse perpetrated by a police officer.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Good evening, Laurence. We're here to shed some light on what survivors of sexual abuse can do when faced with a civil case involving a law enforcement officer.

Attorney Laurence Banville (LB): Thank you, Darla. It's important to discuss this topic, given the seriousness of the recent incident.

DM: In cases like this, where a law enforcement officer is accused of sexual abuse, what options do survivors have in pursuing justice through a civil case?

LB: Survivors of sexual abuse by law enforcement officers can pursue justice through civil litigation against the individual officer and, in some cases, the responsible law enforcement agency. These civil cases seek financial compensation for the harm suffered by the survivor due to the abuse and aim to hold the perpetrator accountable for their actions.

DM: And how do these civil cases differ from criminal cases?

LB: In criminal cases, the state brings charges against the perpetrator on behalf of society, and if found guilty, the offender may face penalties such as imprisonment. On the other hand, civil cases are brought by the survivor directly against the individual responsible for the abuse. The goal is to obtain compensation for the survivor's physical, emotional, and financial damages. A successful civil case does not affect any potential criminal charges, which are entirely separate legal proceedings.

DM: That's important information to clarify. For survivors who are considering pursuing a civil lawsuit, what steps should they take, and how can they find the right legal representation?

LB: First and foremost, it's crucial for survivors to prioritize their safety and well-being. If they feel comfortable doing so, they should report the abuse to the appropriate authorities. As for pursuing a civil case, consulting with an experienced sexual abuse attorney is essential. Look for a lawyer or firm with a proven track record in handling such cases, as they will have the expertise and resources needed to navigate the legal complexities involved.

DM: How can a sexual abuse attorney help survivors during this challenging process?

LB: A dedicated attorney will act as a strong advocate for the survivor, providing support and guidance throughout the legal journey. They will conduct a thorough investigation, gather evidence, and build a compelling case to establish liability against the perpetrator and, potentially, the employing law enforcement agency. Additionally, the attorney will work diligently to secure fair compensation for the survivor's physical and emotional injuries, medical expenses, therapy costs, and other damages suffered as a result of the abuse.

DM: Thank you, Mr. Banville, for enlightening us on this sensitive matter. It's clear that seeking justice for survivors of sexual abuse is paramount, and having the right legal representation can make a significant difference.


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