STAMFORD, Conn. — A woman was awarded $20 million in a child sexual abuse civil case against her father's estate last week in Stamford, according to the Stamford Advocate.
The civil award is possibly the largest in state history, the Stamford Advocate reported. It was awarded to Elizabeth Spalter for emotional distress and anguish, psychological injuries, permanency of injuries, loss of life's activities, and punitive damages as a result of sexual assaults reported to have been committed against her by her father between 1975 and 1986, according to the Stamford Advocate.
Spalter testified in court that her father, Harold Spalter a former U.S. Air Force captain and eye doctor who died in 2014, abused her hundreds of times when she was between the ages of 6 and 17, the Stamford Advocate reported. The abuses took place at the family's summer home in Stamford, the Stamford Advocate said.
She said that the abuse led to her dedicating her life to helping children as a social worker in Vienna, Austria, according to the Stamford Advocate.