Former Boys & Girls Club doctor ordered to pay in abuse settlement

According to documents filed with the New York State Supreme Court, the former program director of the defunct Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome County is ordered to pay a Madison County man, who claimed he was abused in the facility as a teenager, over half a million dollars.

Supreme Court Justice Christopher Baker entered the default judgment against Gerald Berg in settlement of a 2019 lawsuit, ordering Berg to pay the victim $600,000.

The unnamed victim was 14 when he worked at the Louis N. Picciano Boy’s Club in 1976 and Berg was a swim instructor.

WNBF News/Roger Neel Photo

WNBF News/Roger Neel Photo

The plaintiff claimed he was sexually abused by Berg in the instructor’s office and after being lured to Berg’s home.

According to a Binghamton article evening press in 1977, Berg had been charged with one count of sodomy.

The lawsuit alleged that the plaintiff suffered a lifetime of consequences from the incidents he suffered as a teenager, including substance abuse issues and several failed relationships.

This is the second settlement awarded in connection with allegations of abuse at the former Boys & Girls Club. The same judge awarded $500,000 in April to a Broome County man who alleged he was sexually assaulted by Berg multiple times over the course of two years when he was 12.

WNBF News/Roger Neel Photo

WNBF News/Roger Neel Photo

The Endicott facility abruptly closed in August 2019, shortly after the lawsuit against Berg was filed, but no explanation for the closure was given by Boys & Girls Club officials.

The Children’s Home of the Wyoming Conference announced plans in 2020 to purchase the building to turn the site into a community center with after-school programs, sports, and other youth and family services. The Southern Tier Community Center underwent phased renovations, adding services and programs as work progressed.

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