Childhood sex abuse victim from Ludlow wins $250,000 civil verdict in US District Court
SPRINGFIELD — A jury on Thursday awarded $250,000 to a 53-year-old Ludlow woman who sued her stepfather for raping her as a child after a three-day trial in U.S. District Court.
An eight-member panel found in favor of plaintiff Kathy Picard, who was at the forefront of pushing new legislation in 2014 to extend the statute of limitations to allow victims of sexual abuse more time to sue their alleged abusers.
Picard sued her stepfather, Louis Buoniconti, a Florida resident, arguing he began molesting her at the age of 7 in their home in Springfield, and escalated to raping her when she was a teen. The jury found in Picard's favor on four counts: battery; intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy; and false imprisonment.
She testified that Buoniconti, whom she believed . . .