Danielson Group Home Worker to Pay $5.6 Million to Victim
This article was published on: 05/25/16 11:27 PM by Curt
Ellis Hagstrom, a former Danielson state group home worker, has been ordered to pay the estate of one of his victims $5.6 million. Hagstrom was arrested in 2011 for assaults which started in 2000, at the group home where he was employed. Hagstrom was sentenced in 2014 to 40 years in prison, suspended after 16 years served, for repeatedly abusing two severely handicapped women under his care. Hagstrom pled guilty under the Alford Doctrine, where he disagreed with the prosecutors’ version of events, but acknowledged there was enough evidence to convict him.
Hagstrom confessed to police he developed a “sexual attraction” to two patients under his care, had sex with the victims repeatedly, and sometimes used a condom.
The 41-year-old victim identified in the civil suit was diagnosed at age 9 with “significant brain injuries” and severe mental retardation, seizure disorder and cerebral palsy. She moved into the state-run group home on Taos Drive, Danielson, and the assaults started afterwards.
On May 19 in Putnam Superior Court, Judge Harry Calmar ordered Ellis Hagstrom to pay $5 million to the estate of the victim and another $660,000 in punitive damages for “reckless indifference,” according to court documents
Hagstrom has been incarcerated since his arrest in 2011 and it is unknown how the plaintiff will recover the awarded damages.
The victim’s mother said her daughter is “still afraid of men to this day”.