Four former paperboys for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle are suing the paper and its parent company Gannett in a lawsuit filed under the Child Victims Act.
The lawsuit claims that four victims were sexually abused by former district manager Jack Lazeroff in the 1980s.
The plaintiffs allege the newspaper hired Lazeroff shortly after he was fired from a job at a bank for sexually abusing teenagers who had been applying for loans, 13WHAM reports.
In his role at the D&C, Lazeroff was provided “unfettered and unsupervised access” to the victims through his role, in which he was not properly supervised.
He supervised all four victims at the time of the alleged abuse.
Lazeroff would later be charged with second-degree sexual abuse in 1988 and was fired from the D&C.