Family Therapist Kenneth Cardillo Charged with Sexual Assault
Westport family therapist Kenneth Cardillo has been charged with two counts of sexual assault after an underage patient came forward about the alleged assault to a third party, who then contacted the police. Cardillo had been employed by the boy’s family for an extended period.
The victim told authorities that Cardillo has sexually assaulted him following a medical procedure he had done on his genitals. According to the police, the victim was able to care for the wound from this procedure on his own, but the therapist allegedly applied topical treatments to the area.
This alleged incident occurred on January 14. On February 19, Cardillo turned himself in on an active arrest warrant. He was charged with two counts of sexual assault and released on a $50,000 bond. He appeared in court on March 13.
Legal Recourse for Survivors of Sexual Assault by Therapists
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps survivors of sexual violence find justice in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to share some information on the options for legal recourse available to those who have been sexually assaulted by therapists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals:
The trust between a therapist and their patients is sacred. We trust these professionals with some of the most personal details of our lives and this trust grows over time. While most therapists and mental health professionals are respectful towards their patients, there are also predators in this field who exploit this trust in order to abuse their patients.
People who have suffered sexual abuse by a therapist deserve justice. Their abusers deserve to be held accountable in criminal courts. And in some cases, the abuser and/or the facility where the abuser occurred can also be held liable in a civil lawsuit. This applies in cases of negligence, such as a healthcare facility ignoring complaints of sexual misconduct by a therapist employed at the facility
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a therapist, it’s important to be aware of your legal rights. After contacting the police, we highly advise discussing your case with an experienced sexual abuse survivors lawyer.