A Gannett-owned newspaper failed to act when they found out that paperboys were being sexually abused by circulation employees at The Arizona Republic in the 1970s, a lawsuit filed by the victim alleges.
The victim claims that supervisors sought to cover up the incidents and thwart a police investigation,” The Arizona Republic reported. Parents complained to senior managers at the newspaper, but they did not do anything about it, the report says.
Two employees, James Allen Robertson and Robert John Bresee, were convicted of sexual assault at the time.
According to the report, Robertson and Breese “sexually assaulted paperboys, took nude photos of them for pornographic purposes, coerced some into male prostitution and did so with the knowledge and protection of more senior Central Newspapers officials.”
Gannett, which purchased the newspaper in 2000, declined comment when reached by their own reporter.