GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The battle continues for a West Michigan teen who was sexually assaulted by former Major League Baseball player Chad Curtis as she works to get the money a federal judge said she's owed.
On Monday, the same day a magistrate recommended adding Curtis' ex-wife to the lawsuit against him, Candace Curtis filed for bankruptcy. The filing says she has between $500,000 to $1 million in assets and owes less than $50,000.
A lawsuit filed on behalf of the victim weeks ago accuses the Curtises of purposely putting all Chad Curtis' assets in his ex-wife's name. Attorneys say it's a scheme for Curtis to avoid paying their client, one of four teens he molested between 2011 and 2012 while volunteering at Lakewood High School.
In October, a judge ruled that Curtis must pay the victim $1.8 million in damages. On Wednesday, the teen's attorney, Monica Beck, told 24 Hour News 8 they are still working to collect that money. Beck said Candace Curtis' bankruptcy filing has created a "small delay" in doing so.
"That (the filing) came as a complete surprise to us," Beck said in a Skype interview, "and we weren't notified of the filing until after 5 p.m. on Monday evening."
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