- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - The attorney for the victim of a sex offender says any assets and inheritance the man has may be seized to settle a $1.8 million civil judgment stemming from five years of abuse.

Thomas West of Nashville, Tennessee says 35-year-old Jeffrey Lawan Renfrow’s family owns a sizable amount of land which may be transferred to the victim as part of the judgment.

West told The Daily News (http://bit.ly/1xdOxvm ) the judgment may serve as a deterrent to others who may consider such behavior.

“The perpetrator may well inherit some of this and the victim may actually get most of it,” West said.

U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell handed down the judgment Wednesday against Renfrow, who is serving a 30 year prison sentence after pleading guilty in Butler County to molesting the man. The victim, now an adult, no longer lives in Butler County.

The judgment stems from a civil suit brought by the victim against Renfrow in federal court in Bowling Green. Russell awarded $850,000 in compensatory damages, $1 million in punitive damages and $46,800 for toward future medical treatment.

The abuse began when the victim was 13 and came to the attention of law enforcement in 2010 when the victim chased Renfrow out a relative’s house with a shotgun. The victim told investigators Renfrow attempted to force him to engage in sexual activity.

State law allows victims of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault to file a civil suit against their abusers and request a financial judgment for injury or illness suffered as a result of the sexual offenses.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com

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