Alleged sex abuse victims file multiple lawsuits against Police Athletic League
Victims of sex abuse are filing multiple lawsuits against the Police Athletic League for allegedly failing to protect former students from a martial arts instructor, who they say sexually abused multiple children in the 80s.
It’s been nearly 50 years since a victim says the abuse started. He’s asked News 12 to conceal his real name and call him Anonymous RGG.
He says he was 16 years old when he was first introduced to alcohol and drugs by his PAL instructor, Ronald Schwartz.
He is one of five other former students who are now coming forward and alleging abuse between 1973 and 1977.
He says they are suing PAL because the organization should have protected them.
According to the lawsuits, Schwartz was arrested in 1984 for sexually abusing young boys in a separate incident. The NYPD also confirmed the arrest.
Schwartz has since passed away.
The lawsuit also says PAL supervisor Fred Gilstein was charged and convicted years later for sexually abusing a young girl.
Anonymous RGG says no more children should ever have to go through what he did.
He says he hopes the lawsuits protect generations to come. News 12 reached out to PAL for comment and has not heard back yet.