A $1.5 million settlement has been reached between attorneys for a young boy and the man who admitted to sexually assaulting him over a two-year period.
Roger Guay, 75, pleaded guilty in November 2017 to third-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. As part of a plea deal, Guay is serving a four-year prison sentence after which he will serve five years’ probation.
According to the family’s attorney, Frank Bartlett of Cheshire-based Bartlett Legal Group, the boy’s father worked for Guay at K&G Graphics in Branford. The boy, who was 8 years old when the abuse began in 2014, would often accompany his father to work. Unbeknownst to the boy’s father, Guay sexually assaulted the child in the workplace, in Guay’s vehicle and in the basement of the boy’s home, according to Bartlett.
Law enforcement authorities became aware of the abuse because the child eventually was hospitalized, Bartlett said Monday.
“The boy ended up having significant anger management issues,” Bartlett said. “He was hospitalized on multiple occasions after having emotional and physical outbursts, and during those hospitalizations it came to light that the assaults had happened.”
The settlement agreement was hammered out with Guay’s counsel Feb. 11. The agreement calls for the boy’s family to receive $165,000 up front. To date, Bartlett said, the family has been able to secure about $1 million in assets that include Guay’s investments and securities as well as his share of the business. Guay was also forced to sell his share of K&G Graphics to other business partners, Bartlett said. In addition, he said, the boy’s family will receive Guay’s home after he dies.
Bartlett said the boy has had ongoing counseling and will likely need it for a lot longer.
“He has made great strides, but he has a long road ahead of him,” Bartlett said. “He has been transferred to a school where his needs are being addressed in a much better setting than they were before.”
According to the January 2018 lawsuit filed in New Haven Superior Court, the boy suffered physical, mental and emotional pain and suffering, including, humiliation, degradation, fear, terror, extreme emotional distress and confusion.
The boy’s father, Bartlett said, still works for K&G Graphics.
“The remaining partners have been very supportive of the father through the entire process,” he said.
Representing Guay was Daniel Schofield, formerly with New Haven’s Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante. Schofield, who is currently with Pullman & Comley, declined to comment.