Alleged Sex Assault Victim Sues Ocean City and Former Beach-Tag Boss

first_imgCharles “Chuck” Cusack served as an Ocean City police officer for 25 years and later managed beach tag operations in Ocean City.Charles Cusack developed an unnatural interest in a female student at Ocean City High School while he patrolled its halls as a security guard. The retired Ocean City police officer then helped the 17-year-old girl land a plum summer job with the city’s beach-fee office, where he’d be supervising her. And then Cusack, 49 at the time, used his position of authority to sway the girl into a sexual relationship, according to a newly filed lawsuit.These accusations are part of a civil complaint filed by the alleged victim March 9 in state Superior Court in Cape May Court House. The allegations in the lawsuit have not been addressed in a courtroom.The civil complaint names Cusack and the City of Ocean City as defendants.Local taxpayers could be on the hook for any legal fees incurred by the city for defending itself in the lawsuit and for any potential pre-trial settlement or damages awarded by a jury. The city is not providing legal representation to Cusack.Cusack, 51, also faces separate criminal charges alleging he had an ongoing sexual relationship with the underage female beach-fee collector during the summer of 2012.The civil complaint alleges Cusack first met the girl in the halls of Ocean City High School, when she was a junior in spring 2012. Cusack had retired from the local force a year earlier after 25 years of service. He worked the final two years of his career as a “school resource officer” at the high school, and then was hired by the school district to work as a “supervisory aide” from January to June 2012.At the school, Cusack “engaged in increasingly inappropriate behavior directed toward (the girl),” the lawsuit alleges. “He, a retiree with a family, would flirt with (her) and pay her compliments on her appearance and body. Such inappropriate behavior occurred at the High School and while Cusack held a position of authority over (the girl).”Cusack then began attending the girl’s softball games. She was “flattered but confused by the attention she was receiving from Mr. Cusack,” the complaint states.In June 2012, Cusack gave the girl his cell-phone number and invited her to call and text him. He flirted with her via text and through phone games such as “Words with Friends,” according to the lawsuit.Their relationship continued into the summer, during which Cusack served as the city’s superintendent of Beach Fee Operations, overseeing 120 to 150 seasonal employees — mostly high-school and college students — in the local beach-tag program.In July 2012, Cusack gave the girl a highly sought-after job as a beach-tag inspector, a move that puzzled other employees in the office.“At the time, Cusack’s hiring of (the girl) was questioned by other staff of Beach Fee Operations,” according to the lawsuit. She was “hired mid-season, which was unheard of. Also, while (she) was qualified for the position, she was not the most outstanding applicant.”Cusack had ulterior motives in hiring the girl, the lawsuit alleges.“Shortly after being hired, (she) learned that she wasn’t merely lucky. Charles Cusack expected payment in return for giving her a job—payment in the form of (her) virginity,” the complaint alleges.Once she started work, the flirtatious relationship between Cusack and the girl moved quickly toward a sexual one, according to the civil complaint.“Soon thereafter, Charles Cusack’s true intentions manifested,” the lawsuit contends. “He, a 49-year-old man, began having sex with (the girl), his teenaged subordinate. He acted out his various fantasies with the sexually inexperienced minor. He would take nude photos of her,” as well perform various sex acts with her.“He forced her to engage in ‘rough’ sex with him, choking her throat (during intercourse),” the lawsuit alleges.Cusack had sex with the girl both in his city office and at his home in Egg Harbor Township on various occasions over the next three weeks, according to the civil and criminal complaints.The relationship ended on Aug. 4, 2012, when another beach-fee employee, identified in the civil complaint only as “D.E.,” walked into Cusack’s office and saw the superintendent having sex with the girl, the lawsuit states. The employee reported the incident to his direct supervisor, who in turn contacted Ocean City police.Cusack was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault. He later pleaded not guilty. In February 2015, a Cape May County grand jury handed up a superseding indictment adding a second-degree charge of official misconduct and a second-degree count of endangering the welfare of a child against Cusack. Earlier this month, he also pleaded not guilty to those charges, and is awaiting trial.It was not clear Friday whether Cusack has retained a defense attorney in the lawsuit; his attorney in the criminal case is Louis M. Barbone of Atlantic City.Barbone did not immediately respond to a message left at his office Friday afternoon.Ocean City Solicitor Dottie McCrosson said she couldn’t discuss the lawsuit, citing the city’s policy of not commenting on pending litigation.Attorney Michael L. Testa of Vineland, who filed the complaint on the alleged victim’s behalf, declined to make her available for an interview, and said he had no comment beyond the allegations made in the lawsuit.The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, plus attorney’s fees on behalf of the alleged victim, who is now 19.The girl was the victim of sexual abuse, gender discrimination and sexual harassment by Cusack, who was her direct supervisor, according to the lawsuit.In turn, “the conduct of Ocean City, by way of its acquiescence in the conduct of Charles Cusack and its failure to prevent such sexual abuse elevates it to the status of passive sexual abuser,” the lawsuit alleges.The girl suffered “temporary and permanent personal injuries, economic loss, shame, ridicule, severe emotional damages, psychological damages, loss of self-worth and sexual dysfunction” as a result of Cusack’s conduct, and the city’s inability to prevent it, according to the civil complaint.In New Jersey, the age of consent is 16. But Cusack was charged criminally under a provision in state statute that makes it illegal for a person to have sex with someone over whom he or she has supervisory authority when an alleged victim is 16 or 17 years old.Cusack has three daughters and had been separated from his wife at the time of his arrest. He was in his second season as director of the city’s beach-tag program when he was arrested. He has been free since posting $150,000 bond shortly after his arrest.Cusack is due back in criminal court on May 5, when Barbone will argue a motion to have the charges in the superseding indictment dismissed.(Editor’s Note: OCNJ Daily has chosen not to name the plaintiff in this civil lawsuit — even though she willfully entered her name into the public record by filing the complaint. At this point in our coverage of the criminal and civil proceedings, we do not believe there is a significant public need to know her identity. We do believe in protecting the privacy of alleged victims of sexual assault.)__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Long Island Girl Appears on Kids Say The Darndest Things

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 6-year-old West Babylon girl gave comedian Tiffany Haddish some hilarious advice Sunday on the second episode of ABC’s newly rebooted variety show Kids Say The Darndest Things.Lauren Rao and two other 6 year old girls sipped Shirley Temples with Haddish, who asked the kids for help reconciling with an estranged friend in a segment dubbed Six in The City. Their conversation was interrupted when the friend texts a bunch of emojis to Haddish, who asks the kids to translate the message.“It means that there’s a party for you, nerd,” Rao told Haddish, drawing laughs from the live studio audience. When Haddish asks the group if she should still should reconcile after the friend intentionally posted an unflattering photo of the comedian on Instagram, Rao replied: “Don’t even be her friend anymore. She’s trying to bully you!”Haddish hosts and executive produces a new iteration of the show in which she interacts with real kids and plays off their innocently entertaining points of view. The new version features a mix of in-studio segments and taped pieces from across the country.Bill Cosby hosted the prior version of the show from 1998 to 2000. The show is based on a feature of the same name that appeared on Art Linkletter’s House Party from 1945 to 1967.Kids Say The Darndest Things airs 8 p.m. Sundays on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.last_img read more

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British chefs with Michelin stars prepared Croatian delicacies

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) and Great British Chefs (GBC), a leading gastronomic organization that brings together more than 200 of the UK’s best chefs, organized an interactive event for leading British media, influencers and leaders of the British eno-gastronomic scene to promote Croatian potential. cuisine and eno-gastronomy as an important part of the overall Croatian tourist offer. “This is a continuation of the excellent cooperation with the Great Bristish Cehfs organization, which aims to focus on the promotion of Croatian gastronomy in the large and important market of Great Britain. This was also an opportunity for British colleagues to be convinced of the knowledge and skills of Croatian chefs, but also in the quality of our local ingredients and top wines. That Croatia has great potential and a good image in this market is confirmed by the response of many leading media that covered this event, including the Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times, Independent, Financial Times, Telegraph, The Guardian BBC and ITV., said the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding that in the previous part of the year there were more than 852 thousand arrivals and 4,4 million overnight stays from the UK market, which is an increase of 8 percent compared to last year.The event, which presented the culinary opus of central Dalmatia, was held in the famous London restaurant “Radici”. As part of the program, the best and multi-award winning Croatian chef was presented to the British audience for the first time Rudolf Stefan, owner of the restaurant “Pelegrini” in Šibenik, which is the holder of a Michelin star. “This event is a great opportunity to show what we have learned in collaboration with GBC and top chefs this year. I am glad that the CNTB has decided to support this commendable project by which we have further established that Croatia is not only a country known for its cultural and natural beauties but also a country of excellent gastronomy and good hosts.”, Stefan emphasized.The stars of the gastronomic scene of Great Britain also took part in the program, Francesco Mazzei i Tom Aikens, who recently stayed in Croatian destinations where they got to know the local tradition of preparing traditional dishes. It was this British duo who demonstrated dishes inspired by the aforementioned gastronomic journey in which they discovered the authentic Dalmatian culinary tradition of Split, Šolta and Šibenik. “I am glad that we are able to hold this event in one of my restaurants to share our knowledge and experience about Croatian gastronomy, for now London, and soon the whole world.”, said chef MazzeiThe result of the work of the mentioned three are newly created Croatian dishes presented to more than 20 guests. So Rudolf Štefan prepared black risotto, Tom Aikens prepared sardines marinated with lemon, while Francesco Mazzei prepared a top dish of blacksmith fish together with mushroom puree.The success of the dinner is best illustrated by the comments of many British guests. Thus, Chris Leadbeater from the Daily Telegraph emphasizes that Croatia is already world-renowned for its excellent restaurants and chefs, but also that Rudi’s approach to food simply calls for further research into Croatian gastronomy. Natalie Bloxham from ITV says that during this event she got an insight into another part of the Croatian story and that she will definitely visit our country soon. Positive impressions are also confirmed by Ollie Lloyd from Great British Chefs. “We managed to achieve what we wanted with this event, and that is that two top British chefs use Croatian ingredients in the preparation of meals and thus show what they have actually learned about Croatian gastronomy. All this would not be possible without quality cooperation with one of the best Croatian chefs”, Lloyd concluded. Let’s add that Francesco Mazzei is a significant name in the London restaurant scene and also a TV star with frequent guest appearances on the most watched programs of the British television BBC and ITV. He is a prominent promoter of fresh food, and with his Italian restaurants in prestigious London districts he often receives the highest reviews from critics. Tom Aikens, on the other hand, is the youngest chef to be awarded two Michelin stars, and he owns a restaurant empire that spans several continents.last_img read more

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Peggy L. Blanton July 19, 1931 – May 24, 2019

first_imgPeggy L. Blanton, age 87 of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away Friday, May 24, 2019 at The Home at Hearthstone in Cincinnati, Ohio. Born July 19, 1931 in Perry County, Kentucky the daughter of James and Lucinda (Couch) Wombles.Peggy married Dale Blanton June 8, 1948 in Austin, Indiana.Peggy is survived by her loving children Wanda Canada of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tina (Randy) Jones of Sunman, Indiana, Anna Blanton of Batesville, Indiana and Paul (Darlene) Blanton of Polson, Montana. Grandmother of nine, great grandmother of 18 and great great grandmother of one.Preceded in death by her parents James and Lucinda Wombles, husband Dale Blanton and siblings Eller Barger, Mary Jane Rice, Kassie Napier, Ola Rice, Nancy Ann Smith Ruby Griffis, Roy and Henry Wombles.Funeral services will be held Friday, May 31, 2019 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Tony Henson officiating all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030. Burial will follow at Glen Haven Cemetery Harrison, Ohio.Memorials may be directed to the family c/o the funeral home.last_img read more

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Saints add firepower to future with commitment by Dallas Calvin

first_imgCalvin enjoyed his time with the Trail Smoke Eaters and hopes to continue on with academics and hockey as far as he can.“Selkirk College has had a great hockey team the past few years and I am excited to be part of the growing program,” he says.“It will hopefully be a good stepping stone for me in my academic and hockey career. I want to be an impact player every game, get stronger, and continue to improve so I can move onto a higher level once my career with Selkirk is over.”Calvin is the eleventh player who is committed to a collegiate hockey program to dawn a Smoke Eaters jersey for the 2014-2015, an impressive achievement for the organization.Smoke Eaters head coach coach Nick Deschenes says Calvin will make an impact at BCIHL level.“We want to congratulate Dallas Calvin on his recent commitment to Selkirk College,” says Deschenes.“He was a dominant player at the BCHL level and I believe that he will have a positive impact on and off the ice for the Saints. This is a great opportunity and our organization wishes him all the best in the future.”Calvin is the fifth Nitehawk to suit up for the Saints in the last three years following in the footsteps of former KIJHL champions Arie Postmus, Mason Spear, Ryan Edwards and Mike Vlanich.“I think it fantastic for these young men who grow up playing minor hockey, junior hockey, and now college hockey are able to reunite. Those are memories that will stay with them forever and I hope they have a lot of fun working towards academic success and BCIHL championships together,” says Evin.Calvin plans to enroll in the Business Program at Selkirk College where he can them transfer onto a university to complete his degree. On the eve of the first round of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) playoffs, the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program announced great news as former KIJHL and BCHL star Dallas Calvin has inked a playing commitment of to attend the Castlegar-based school in and compete 2015-2016.The six-foot-4, 220-pound Calvin recently completed his final junior hockey season with the Trail Smoke Eaters of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).Combining an extreme amount of skill to go along with his big frame, the Trail native accumulated 16 goals and 29 assists in 32 games for the orange and black this season. For his efforts, he was named the Smoke Eater’s “Unsung Hero.”Prior to this season, Calvin suited up for the Vernon Vipers in 2013-2014 before returning to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League where he led the team to its second championship in three seasons.During his four year career for the Nitehawks, he scored 122 goals and 151 assists in 165 career games and is the club’s all-time leader in points with 273.“It is important for us to continue to add players with championship experience to our hockey program,” says Saints head coach Alex Evin.“Dallas played a huge role in leading his team to the KIJHL, Cyclone Taylor Cup, and Keystone Cup under Terry Jones last season and we hope he can contribute to more championships at Selkirk College.”last_img read more

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Palestinians, Israelis Come Together Through Entrepreneurship

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market chris cameron Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#events#start A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Entrepreneurship is a trait that knows no boundaries. Those that possess it come in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and genders, and in some places, the startup spirit is bringing together groups of people that are otherwise at odds with each other. Nowhere in the world is this more evident than in the middle east, where Palestinians and Israelis continue their centuries-long feud, but one organization is throwing all of that out in the name of entrepreneurship and peace.Seattle-based entrepreneurship launch-pad Startup Weekend has been hosting events since just 2007, but has already expanded to over 100 cities in more than 25 countries around the globe. One of truly inspiring chapters of the organization exists in Tel Aviv, Israel, a city poised just an hour’s drive from Jerusalem and The Gaza Strip. “I decided that like with Startup Weekend, I should do something to make a change. I see it as my own, yet small, contribution to increase the chance for a peace.”– Amir HarelIt is here, however, that Startup Weekend has joined forces with the Peres Center for Peace (PC4P) to provide an opportunity for Palestinian and Israeli entrepreneurs to collaborate on their ideas for the future. In a recent interview with Startup Digest’s Chris McCann, Startup Weekend Tel Aviv coordinator Amir Harel explained how the event is bridging gaps and launching cool products.“Once you enter into the Startup Weekend event, there is no Israeli, Palestinian, or American – there are entrepreneurs, developers, investors, designers working together to build technology and have fun,” says Harel. “We are not taking any political stand, and we are not associated with any political group – we just want to send a message – we can do things different, we can do things better, and it needs to come from the ground up.”While many associate Startup Weekend with Internet companies, the events are not specifically tech-centric. At the last event in Tel Aviv – which saw 130 participants, 50 pitches and 13 projects undertaken – one team modified a computer keyboard into a guitar which could be strummed with a mouse and whose function keys served as frets. According to Harel, the next Tel Aviv event, slated for later this month, is the groups attempt to take things to next level. “Startup Weekend is such an amazing platform to bridge gaps, we decided to focus on the greatest one — the one between Palestinians and Israelis,” says Harel. “I decided that like with Startup Weekend, I should do something to make a change. I see it as my own, yet small, contribution to increase the chance for a peace.”With help from sponsors like PayPal, Google and IBM, Startup Weekend Tel Aviv has made it possible for 20-30 Palestinians to attend the upcoming event. They limit the number of Palestinians because arranging for the government to authorize their participation is a hefty effort and Startup Weekend is providing hotel space for them.While this limitation is not an ideal situation, the efforts being made by Harel and his partner Eddy Resnick to bring these two groups together is inspiring. The next event, July 14th through 16th, is already quickly filling up, so if you’re interested in attending be sure to check out the registration page as just a few tickets are left in each category. If you’re unable to make it to Tel Aviv, take a gander at Startup Weekend’s event map to find a city near you where you can participate. Photo by Flickr user mockstar.last_img read more

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World sees with respect those holding Indian passports, says Modi

first_imgIndia’s image has gained global prominence and the world expects our country to play a leading role in resolving international problems, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. He was addressing BJP workers at the airport during an event organised by the party’s state unit to felicitate him for his speech at the UN General Assembly. “India’s image has gained prominence in the world, which is expecting us to take a lead role in resolving global problems,” he said. A large poster of Mr. Modi and US President Donald Trump was put up on stage. “The strength and the value of Indian passport has increased. The world sees those holding Indian passport with respect,” Mr. Modi said.last_img read more

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Sablan: UST will be one of the top teams next season

first_imgChief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The Growling Tigers missed 21 of their 38 free throw attempts and turned the ball over 25 times allowing the Red Warriors to capitalize for 33 easy points off those miscues.Sablan said those errors would be easily fixed if UST had enough maturity that would complement its fighting spirit.UST stared at a 15-point margin, 52-37, in the second quarter and it slowly chipped away at the deficit going tit-for-tat with UE up until fourth quarter before Alvin Pasaol landed the haymaker in the with 22 seconds left that put the Red Warriors up 94-91.“The fighting spirit is there, and we just have to improve on one thing and that is maturity,” said Sablan in Filipino. “I can’t blame my players or I can’t put them in a bad light because they are doing their jobs.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Qatar World Cup head say blockade poses ‘no risk’ to event BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “I’m positive next year these guys will be one of the best teams of the UAAP,” said Sablan Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena after losing 96-91 to University of the East.READ: Winner at last as UE picks up first victory, sends UST to 0-7FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This will be an intact team next year with only Jeepy Faundo leaving. Hopefully these setback will inspire us to improve more.”But UST’s 0-7 start could’ve been prevented if not for several glaring statistics against the Red Warriors. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas stumbled into a tragic 0-7 start in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, a first time for the storied school since the Final Four era began.Yet head coach Boy Sablan refuses to dwell on the negativity and instead looked on the brighter things ahead for the once mighty Growling Tigers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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