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Jury Awards $2.1 Million to Abuse Survivors


(Minneapols, Minnesota)  A Hennepin County jury awarded two victims of sexual abuse by localCasting Director Matthew Feeney, $2,073,078.04 for past and future emotional distress and health care costs.  The verdict came at the end of a three-day jury trial held in Hennepin County District Court in front of Hon. Thomas Sipkins.   Minneapolis attorney Patrick Noaker and St. Cloud attorney Michael Bryant represented the plaintiffs during the trial.

During closing arguments in the case, attorney Noaker acknowledged that sometimes child sexual abusers are often difficult to identify because they possess personality traits, like being funny, silly and warm, that appeal to children without raising suspicion of their parents.  That is how Matthew Feeney was able to gain access to these boys.

During the trial, the two boys testified that they were aspiring child actors who met Matthew Feeney when auditioned for parts in movies and commercials that were being produced in Minnesota.  After that, Feeney endeared himself to the boys’ parents and other siblings, soon attending family birthday parties and school plays.  The boys testified that Feeney’s invasion of their family prevented them from being able to tell anyone about the sexual abuse.

Once the boys told their mother about the abuse, attorney Bryant confirmed “this mother did exactly what she was supposed to do, she called the police and got help for the boys.”  Matthew Feeney was criminally convicted of sexually abusing both boys in 2014, and he is now serving a prison sentence for his crimes.  “Only half of the job has been done,” Noaker argued, “Matthew Feeney is in prison where he cannot hurt any more children, but we still have two very injured boys here.  We need to complete the circle and return a verdict that will insure that these boys get the help that they need and deserve in the future.”

After three and a half hours of deliberations, the jury returned a Special Verdict awarding twenty one year-old John Doe 101 the amount of $974,281.05 and sixteen year-old John Doe 102 the amount of $1,098,796.99.

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John Doe 101

John Doe 102


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  1. Deidre Kellogg Ketroser says:
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    Thank you, Mike and all who worked to get justice in this case. It is unconscionable that because of men like Mathew Feeney, John Clark Donahue and so many others, too many children become victims, their sense of safety, their childhoods and the rest of their lives forever altered and torn apart. Thank you for pursuing justice on behalf of the innocent victims of these damaging crimes.

  2. Mike Bryant says:
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    Thank you for reading and the comment.