BURLINGTON, Vt. - A Chittenden Superior Court jury returned a $35 million verdict against Scott Isaacson, 56, of Hyannis, Mass. on Friday for sexually abusing a child. The verdict gives the right to the sexual assault victim, now 24, to $20 million dollars.
A press release says Isaacson repeatedly abused a child between the ages of 3 and 9 in Massachusetts and Vermont. Isaacson has denied sexually assaulting the girl and says that if she had been sexually assaulted it was by someone else.
According to the victims attorney Jerry O'Neill, the verdict doesn't mean the victim will be getting a check for $20 million, just that she has a right to that money. There's currently $220,000 sitting in escrow if Isaacson tries to sell his mother's house.
The verdict amount was higher than most cases O'Neill has tried. The higher verdict comes because of the nature of the case.
Isaacson is currently a member of The Twelve Tribes in Hyannis, Mass. He joined them after a judge issued an order limiting the amount of money he could make. According to a press release this was done so he could not dissipate his assets.
Isaacson currently works at Twelve Tribes cafe and Common Ground Cafe where he receives room and board, but no salary.
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