2 more men file sex abuse suit against Timothy Hill Children's RanchPosted: Updated:
Two more men filed a sex abuse lawsuit against a Riverhead home for boys.
They claim they were sexually abused while staying at Timothy Hill Children's Ranch in the mid-1990s.
John Gubitosi said it is hard for him to talk about it because it is embarrassing.
Gubitosi and the other man join Alex Ramos, who says he was beaten, burned with cigarettes and raped by older boys at the group home nearly 25 years ago.
In each suit, the men claim staff looked the other way and allowed the abuse to happen.
News 12 first spoke with Ramos in September about the alleged physical and sexual abuse he endured when he was 12 years old.
"I felt like I was in a torture chamber," said Ramos.
The Timothy Hill group home describes itself as a safe haven for at-risk teens. Gubitosi says he left the group home just weeks before Ramos came in 1995. They never met until Sunday. Gubitosi says it was Ramos' story that made him come forward with his own claims.
Their attorney, Regina Calcaterra, is also representing the third man in the lawsuit against the group home that was filed under the Child Victims Act. The state law gives victims of childhood sexual abuse a one-year window to sue, regardless of how old they are now.
"They left them damaged and they had to work this out for their entire life, so they should be held accountable," said Calcaterra.
Calcaterra says more than a dozen people have contacted her office saying they were physically and sexually abused at the facility and that the staff never did anything to stop it.
"They do nothing to protect you. Some of these things don't happen in the strongest prison systems," said Gubitosi. "I want justice. I don't want any other kid to go through what we went through."
Representatives for Timothy Hill Children's Ranch did not immediately return News 12's requests for comment.
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