Coursey v Boulder Valley Schools: New case filing under Child Sex Abuse Accountability Act


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Denver,  Colorado.  Colorado’s Top Personal Injury Law Firm® trial lawyer James Avery has filed a civil cause of action for sexual misconduct against a minor under the newly enacted Colorado law (SB021-088, CRS 13-20-1202) governing Sexual Misconduct Against Minors in Boulder County District Court-Boulder, Colorado (Case No. 2022cv30042) on behalf of Brian Coursey (a former basketball player at Broomfield (CO) High School) againstBoulder Valley School District and Robert T. Osborne, Jr (a former Broomfield (CO) High School freshman basketball coach)

Plaintiff Brian Coursey, age 47, claims that he was sexually abused as a minor (ages 14-15) for years (1989-90) by Defendant Robert T. Osborne, Jr., age 40, a person in a position of trust as his freshman basketball coach, at Boulder Valley School’s Broomfield High School.  Osborne, an adult, was not reported and not charged at the time of the offense.  Coursey complained to law enforcement in 1993 and Osborne was found guilty of charges related to sexual assault on a child and sentenced to jail.  Coursey has never been contacted by Boulder Valley School District, although he believes the School District was contacted by the Boulder Sheriff Office at the time of his complaint.

The newly enacted law (SB021-088), effective Jan 1, 2022, creates a new cause of action effectively setting aside time limits in cases going back to 1960. Victims have 3 years (until Jan. 1, 2025) to file previously time barred claims the new law.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of damages.  Damages under the new law, C.R.S. 13-20-1201, are capped at Five Hundred Thousand or One Million Dollars depending on the facts of the case.  

Denver trial lawyer James Avery comment on the new law:  “This is an unprecedented opportunity for justice where it is truly needed.  I have turned away dozens of clients who were sexually abused as children but who didn’t come forward in time to file a case.  This new law gives them a remedy, albeit a limited one.  These victims invariably suffer for a lifetime and the abuse effects their families, their jobs, their social relationships, virtually every aspect of their lives.  To have this new tool in the arsenal to help them is a big step forward for society at large.   For the defendants in these heinous cases, its a day of reckoning.” This is Avery’s fourth case filing under the new law.

Brian Coursey, sex assault victim
Freshman Broomfield High Freshman Basketball Coach Osborne, convicted sex offender

If you have any information about this case, or other cases of sex abuse against minors, contact lawyer James Avery Denver Injury Law LLC now.

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McPhee v Kelly: New case filing against Colorado Academy Teacher under Child Sex Abuse Accountability Act

Case No. 2022cv30000


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Denver trial lawyer James Avery has filed the first civil cause of action for sexual misconduct against a minor under the newly enacted Colorado law (SB021-088, CRS 13-20-1201) governing Sexual Misconduct Against Minors in Boulder County District Court (Case No. 22cv 30000, Div. 2) on behalf of Kate McPhee (a Vermont artist) against John Kelly (a prominent Aspen, CO photographer and former Colorado Academy teacher), Albert Brown (member of the iconic Brown family that helped establish Aspen Skiing Company), Darcey Brown (former teacher at Colorado Academy now residing in Moab, UT and member of the iconic Brown family), Bruce Cranmer (a Boulder resident and former C.U. Nordic Ski Coach), Alan Cranmer, Jeanie Cranmer Clark and Mark Clark.
The lawsuit alleges that claimant Kate McPhee, age 15, was raped on the campus of Denver prep school Colorado Academy (CA) by one of its teachers, John Kelly (a history teacher at CA) then serially raped over the course of 3 weeks in the summer of 1977 on a Grand Canyon River trip supervised by the other adults. McPhee alleges a pattern of grooming and sexual misconduct by persons in a position of trust. She claims that alcohol and illicit drugs were provided to her and another teenage girl by the adults on the river trip, then she was serially raped by Kelly with the knowledge and consent of the other adult chaperones. The matter was never reported to police by the adults and only recently investigated by Colorado Academy after McPhee answered an open letter by CA seeking other victims who were abused by another of its teachers.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of damages.  Damages under the new law, C.R.S. 13-20-1201, are capped at Five Hundred Thousand or One Million Dollars depending on the facts of the case.   

If you have any information concerning sex abuse of minors at Colorado Academy, please contact James Avery at ph. 303-840-2222 for via the contact form below.

Katie McPhee, sex abuse victim


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Denver Injury Law LLC files first of many cases under new Child Sex Abuse Accountability Act

January 1, 2022

Case No 2022cv30000 Boulder District Court, Colorado

The Denver Post refrained from publishing the names of defendants, who are identified in the Press Release. The primary actor was John Kelly an Aspen, Colorado photographer and former Colorado Academy history teacher.

Denver Injury Law LLC has filed multiple new cases under the Act. In Arapahoe County, Saupe v. Aurora Public Schools, Case No. 22cv30065, and in Douglas County, Stanton v. Highlands Ranch Community Association, Case No. 20cv31001. These cases have garnered network news coverage featuring Denver’s Top Trial Lawyer James Avery.

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