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RI man's lawsuit against state DCYF goes to court

June 27, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A Rhode Island man who is suing the state Department of Children, Youth and Families on allegations he was abused as a teenager while in state care says he's getting ready for the first important court hearing in his case.

A federal judge in Providence is holding an in-chambers hearing on several motions Monday morning in Nicholas Alahverdian's case. Alahverdian says his supporters will rally outside the courthouse before the hearing.

The 23-year-old Alahverdian alleges that during a 15-month period beginning in March 2002 he was placed in a series of temporary shelters around the state where he was repeatedly assaulted, physically and sexually, by employees and clients.

He was 14 at the time and worked as a page and legislative aide for the state House of Representatives.