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St. Louis, MO – Federal prosecutors have announced that James R. Lambert, a former youth hockey coach from Lake St. Louis, has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two children and filming the abuse. The horrific case came to light after one victim bravely came forward, detailing years of abuse endured at the hands of Lambert. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri disclosed that the abuse was recorded on multiple occasions. These distressing revelations have sent shockwaves through the community and raised concerns about child safety.

Years of Child Sexual Abuse Uncovered in Case Against Youth Hockey Coach

According to court documents, Victim 1 suffered more than 50 instances of abuse by Lambert, starting at the age of 6 and lasting until the age of 17. The abuse was meticulously recorded by Lambert, highlighting his disturbing intentions. Additionally, it has been revealed that Lambert traveled with Victim 1 out of Missouri to locations including Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, France, and Switzerland with the intent of sexually abusing the child. Court records indicate that Lambert manipulated the victim by convincing him that the abuse was “normal” and telling him that he loved him. The victim, who came forward as an adult, expressed fear and trauma, having been coerced into keeping the abuse a secret.

Prosecutors have also disclosed details regarding Victim 2, who experienced sexual abuse by Lambert between the ages of 6 and 9. The abuse took place from 2019 to 2023, with court documents providing further evidence of Lambert’s predatory actions.

Investigation Uncovers Hockey Coach Filmed Child Abuse

Following the initial report by Victim 1, authorities conducted a thorough search of Lambert’s belongings. Shockingly, they discovered more than 2,000 files of child pornography on his electronic devices. Further examination revealed that approximately 800 files featured Victim 2, while 39 files depicted Victim 1. Additionally, over 1,185 files were downloaded from the internet, raising concerns about the extent of Lambert’s illegal activities and potential victims.

Victims’ Accusing Former Hockey Coach of Emotional Trauma

Several victims and their family members have come forward to share their statements about the abuse they endured. They expressed deep anguish and the lasting impact of the videos that continue to circulate online. One victim wrote about the constant fear and victimization, knowing that these explicit images may resurface and haunt them, potentially affecting their personal and professional lives. The community is grappling with the devastating consequences of Lambert’s actions and the need for justice.

Lambert Pleads Guilty Of Multiple Counts of Child Sex Crimes

Lambert has pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography, one count of transporting a minor across state lines to engage in criminal sexual activity, one count of receiving child pornography, and one count of aggravated sexual abuse. Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 50 years in prison, given the severity of the crimes committed. Lambert’s sentencing is scheduled for June 18, where the court will determine the appropriate punishment for his heinous acts.

Community Response and Search For Additional Victims

The case has prompted a call for anyone with information regarding potential additional victims to come forward. This effort is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative aimed at combating child sexual exploitation and abuse.

James R. Lambert’s guilty plea marks a significant step in addressing the crimes committed and provides a measure of accountability for the harm inflicted on the victims and their families.

Civil Cases for Victims of Sexual Abuse by Hockey Coaches

In this interview, attorney Laurence Banville sat down with Reed Martens, a Missouri-based child sex abuse lawyer, to discuss the options available to victims who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of hockey coaches. Together, they explore the path victims can take with civil cases against those responsible. Martens provides valuable guidance on legal strategies, the identification of liable parties, and the pursuit of compensation for the physical, emotional, and psychological trauma endured by these victims.

Attorney Laurence Banville (LB): Today, we have a special guest joining us, sexual abuse attorney Reed Martens, a Missouri-based child sex abuse lawyer. Welcome, Reed.

Reed Martens (RM): Thank you, Laurence. I’m glad to be here.

LB: Given your experience handling cases of child sex abuse, I’d like to discuss the options available to victims who have been sexually abused by a hockey coach. Can you provide some guidance on what these victims can do with a civil case against the liable parties?

RM: Certainly, Laurence. Victims of sexual abuse by a hockey coach have the option to pursue a civil case against the liable parties involved. In these cases, the primary legal avenue is a civil lawsuit that seeks to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions and obtain compensation for the victims’ physical, emotional, and psychological trauma.

LB: That’s an important point, Reed. Could you elaborate on the process of pursuing a civil case in these circumstances? What steps should the victims consider taking?

RM: Absolutely, Laurence. Victims of sexual abuse by a hockey coach should consider the following steps when contemplating a civil case. Firstly, it is crucial for them to seek legal representation from an experienced child sex abuse attorney who can guide them through the legal process and protect their rights. Secondly, they should gather as much evidence as possible, including any documentation, photographs, or videos that support their claims. It is also important to identify any witnesses who may have observed the abuse or have relevant information. Additionally, victims should report the abuse to the appropriate authorities to ensure that both criminal and civil actions can be pursued.

LB: Thank you, Reed. It’s important for victims to understand the significance of legal representation and the collection of evidence in these cases. Now, in terms of liability, who can be held accountable in a civil case involving sexual abuse by a hockey coach?

RM: In such cases, there can be multiple parties who may be held accountable for the sexual abuse. The primary liable parties may include the hockey coach, the organization or team that employed or supervised the coach, and potentially even individuals within those organizations who were aware of the abuse but failed to take appropriate action. It is essential to thoroughly investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the abuse to determine the extent of liability for each party involved.

LB: I see. So, if a victim decides to pursue a civil case, what types of damages can they seek?

RM: Victims of sexual abuse can seek various types of damages in a civil case. These can include compensation for physical and emotional pain and suffering, medical expenses, therapy costs, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and in cases of severe abuse, punitive damages may also be sought. Each case is unique, and the damages sought will depend on the individual circumstances and the impact of the abuse on the victim’s life.

LB: Thank you, Reed, for providing valuable information on this important topic. It’s crucial for victims to understand their options for seeking justice and compensation through civil litigation.

RM: You’re welcome, Laurence. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to contribute to the discussion. It’s important for victims of sexual abuse to know that they have legal avenues available to them to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

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For victims and their families affected by child sexual abuse, seeking legal guidance is a vital step towards seeking redress and closure. Our team of dedicated child sexual attorneys is dedicated to providing support and assistance in navigating the complexities of civil cases. Reach out to us today for a free consultation to understand your legal options and how we can help you move forward in your journey towards healing and justice.

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