Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah accused of allowing sex abuse

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new lawsuit accuses the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah organization of not doing enough to stop a mentor from sexually abusing a young boy over nearly a five-year period.

The organization was served with a state civil lawsuit Tuesday that accuses it of being negligent in allowing the alleged abuser, Antonio Cardenas, to be a mentor.

The organization didn't immediately return requests for comment.

The lawsuit says the alleged victim was 7-years-old when the abuse started in 2004. He is now 20-years-old. He is not named in the lawsuit.

Cardenas is serving a 35-year federal prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2012 to child sex abuse.

The victim is seeking $5 million in damages. The lawsuit says videos of the victim being sexually abused as a boy continue to be circulated on the internet.

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