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New sex-abuse lawsuit filed against Stanley Marsh 3

Seven anonymous men have filed a new lawsuit alleging sex abuse by Stanley Marsh 3, the proprietor of the Cadillac Ranch landmark and other whimsical art projects in the Amarillo area, reported the Amarillo Globe-News on Monday.

The suit alleges that between November 2009 and June 2011 Marsh 3 enticed the teens with cash or checks to perform sex acts, both consensual and nonconsensual.

“Marsh 3’s family, Gwendolyn Marsh, Stanley Marsh IV, businesses, employees and business associates aided and protected his predatory sexual activities on minor children by allowing him to carry on with this type of deviant conduct despite their duty to protect children from harm,” the suit alleges. […]

The plaintiffs are seeking between $1 million to $50 million for physical and mental pain, loss of enjoyment and peace of mind, medical and psychiatric expenses and other expenses.

That is in addition to a pending lawsuit alleging similar conduct and sex-related charges from a criminal indictment. Marsh recently settled a series of lawsuits with 10 unnamed men with similar allegations.

Marsh, 75, was owner of the Cadillac Ranch, a nearly 40-year-old art installation near Route 66 on the west edge of Amarillo. However, since suffering a series of strokes in recent years, an attorney says Marsh no longer owns the property.

Marsh is reputed to be a multimillionaire. But with all these lawsuits and criminal charges pending against him, one has to wonder whether lawyers’ fees will empty his bank account.

(Image from Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo by Dean Terry via Flickr)

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