Jury awards $4.5M for intercourse abuse that occurred 3 a long time in the past

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PORTLAND, Maine — A jury has awarded $4.5 million in damages to a girl whose lawsuit contended she was sexually abused three a long time in the past by a household good friend in Maine.

The federal jury present in favor of 36-year-old Julia Russell on Thursday on one civil rely of assault and battery and a second rely of infliction of emotional misery.

The defendant, Philip Chenevert, 73, of St. Augustine, Florida, was buddies with the sufferer’s household and visited the house weekly. Russell stated she was abused by Chenevert when she was about 6 years previous.