Suit alleges sexual abuse by United Airlines mentor
Seven alleged victims of sexual abuse are getting the green light from a federal judge to sue United Airlines.
The man who ran the airline’s mentoring program for children in 5th through 7th grades is accused of sexually abusing some of the boys in the program.
All of the boys attended James Weldon Johnson elementary school in the Lawndale neighborhood and were handpicked by Marvin Lovett for the program back in the 90s.
According to Lyndsay Markley, the lawyer for the alleged victims, the program ended when Lovett was murdered by one of his former interns at United.
Police discovered more than 100 video tapes reportedly depicting the teens from the mentoring program in sexual acts with Lovett.
Now a lawyer for a handful of those teens wants United Airlines to take responsibility.
United Airlines issued a response to the suit saying, “United donated to this program nearly 20 years ago, with the understanding that it sought to provide often-inaccessible opportunities to Chicago youth with great potential. We strongly disagree that those donations constitute condoning the reprehensible acts of one individual involved in the program.”