ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The Boys and Girls Club of Central New Mexico is facing another sex abuse lawsuit. This is the seventh lawsuit against the organization, and all seven focus on abuse allegations dating back to the ’70s and ’80s.
In late October, a 17-page lawsuit was filed against the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Boys and Girls Club of Central New Mexico.
It is alleged that the plaintiff – identified only as John Doe – was sexually abused at the Old Town Boys Club for years. The lawsuit names former director Eddie Valtierra as the perpetrator.
This is the fourth lawsuit naming Valtierra and the seventh lawsuit alleging directors of the Old Town Boys Club molested children.
The first was submitted in January. It has been alleged that the director who took over Valtierra – Dominic Yannoni – had molested a 13-year-old boy in the mid-’80s.
Hall, Monagle, Huffman and Wallace Attorney Levi Monagle spoke to us about the allegations earlier this year.
“One of the most damaging things about child sexual abuse is the burden that children have to carry for years or decades before they can finally disclose and talk about the abuse, or they just can’t take it any longer,” Monagle said.
Two other lawsuits were filed in February, one named Yannoni and one named Valtierra. Three more lawsuits followed in April, one against Yannoni and two against Valtierra.
All of the lawsuits aim to hold the boys and girls club organizations accountable.
“In New Mexico, if you delegate significant power to an agent, and that agent abuses that significant power to abuse a vulnerable person — like a child — the person who empowered the abuser, and so to speak, the person, is responsible. In this case, that would be the Old Town Club or the national organization,” Monagle said.
This latest lawsuit alleges the abuse began in the late 1970s when the plaintiff was only 7 years old and continued through 1985.
The lawsuit alleges that the Boys and Girls Club either knew about the abuse or should have known about it. It alleges the organization inadequately monitored Valtierra and failed to take appropriate measures to prevent abuse.
The plaintiff demands damages in an unspecified amount.