Former United States District Attorney, Eric Tolen, Hit with $30,040,000.00 Verdict for Child Molestation

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Eric Tolen, a former US District Attorney in Missouri, who was convicted in 2008 of 34 counts of 2nd Degree Statutory Sodomy and 2 counts of 1st Degree Statutory Sodomy in connection with the molestation of two young boys, has now been hit with a whopping $30,040,000 civil judgment related to those crimes. According to the attorney who represented one of the boys, the judgment is one of the largest, if not the largest, personal injury award ever recorded in St. Louis County.

The amount awarded by Judge Jamison reflects the heinous nature of Mr. Tolen's offenses against the two children. This guy was a trusted member of the Missouri bar and he betrayed that trust.

Eric Tolen, a former US District Attorney in Missouri, who was convicted in 2008 of 34 counts of 2nd Degree Statutory Sodomy and 2 counts of 1st Degree Statutory Sodomy in connection with the molestation of two young boys (Case # 07SL-CR02791-01, State of Missouri vs Eric. T. Tolen, Circuit Court of St Louis County), has now been hit with a whopping $30,040,000.00 civil judgment related to those crimes. The St. Louis personal injury lawsuit alleged repeated acts of assault and battery against the two minors.

According to Ryan Bradley, a Missouri personal injury attorney with The Bradley Law Firm and the attorney who represented one of the molested boys in the lawsuit, (his client is referred to as C.W. in the legal pleadings related to the civil lawsuit) the Missouri personal injury judgment is one of the largest, if not the largest, personal injury award ever recorded in St. Louis County. Commenting on the size of the award, Bradley said, "The amount awarded by Judge Jamison reflects the heinous nature of Mr. Tolen's offenses against the two children. This guy was a trusted member of the Missouri bar and he betrayed that trust."

According to the petition that was filed in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri by The Bradley Law Firm, "C.W." and "J.B." vs Eric T. Tolen, Case # 10SL-CC00169, after leaving his position as a federal prosecuting attorney, Tolen turned to private practice in St. Louis and met his two minor victims while representing a neighbor of one of the boys. C.W., Bradley's client, lived with Tolen during what was supposed to be his senior year of high school. However, the boy dropped out of high school, spent every day at Tolen's home, and was forced to pay Tolen for cigarettes, food, illegal drugs and gifts with "IOU" slips for sexual favors.

And, according to a new case related to Tolen that has been filed in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri by The Bradley Law Firm, "C.W." and "J.B." vs Jeannette Tolen and John Doe, Case # 10SL-CC05011, after his conviction in the criminal trial, Tolen appealed the court's verdict, lost, and is now serving 65 years in prison. On the same day that he filed the appeal, Tolen transferred all of his assets, including his 5,000 square foot home, to his mother, Jeanette Tolen. The Bradley Law Firm is suing Tolen's mother in an effort to get the court to set aside the transfer of the home, claiming the transfer was fraudulent under Missouri law.

In an unprecedented move, Bradley argues in his client's recent filing that C.W. was a creditor of Tolen's and had an "un-liquidated claim for damages" when the crimes were perpetrated upon him in 2005. Bradley is confident that the Court will agree to put the home back in Tolen's name at which point it will be subject to execution and public sale. According to Bradley, this may be the first time a creditor with an un-liquidated claim at the time of transfer has attempted to set aside such a transaction.

The Bradley Law Firm is located in Clayton, Missouri. Its attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in Missouri personal injury settlements and verdicts, including the highest motor vehicle accident verdict within the State of Missouri for 2010 - $10,040,000.00 - which was entered just months prior to the Tolen verdict. Martin-Hubbell, an independent lawyer rating company, has given the firm the highest possible rating, AV. The A means The Bradley Law Firm has exhibited the highest level of legal ability, and the V means it has maintained the highest level of professional conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. St. Louis personal injury attorney Ryan Bradley is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyer's Association as a Top 100 trial lawyer.

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