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Mark Stephan, who has fought to recover from a devastating 2007 bicycle accident, has filed a complaint against Stryker Orthopedic, the manufacturer of the artificial hip he received in 2011.  The complaint filed on September 10th states that the defective device is damaging the soft tissue in his body, and that Stephan has been advised to undergo a “painful hip revision surgery,” due to the faulty replacement.

Stephan advises anyone else in his position to seek “outstanding legal counsel.” He remains undecided of what to do with the hip replacement currently in his body.

NBC 5 NEWS

A man with a hip implant who made national news for climbing the stairs of the Willis Tower is facing another health crisis -- a defective artificial hip. Mark Stephan wasn't even expected to walk again after a 2007 bike accident severed his spine.

"What makes me angry is to see him fight so hard over the years and put back in this situation by a company that made millions of dollars selling a product to people that hasn't been vetted," Hurley said.

FOX 32 NEWS

In the decades since convicted pedophile and former south suburban scoutmaster Thomas Hacker went to prison, no one had ever questioned him about what he calls his addiction to young boys or his crimes. That is, until three weeks ago, when Christopher T. Hurley went down to lawyers handling the civil lawsuit against the Boy Scouts had their first chance to question him. They talked for over four hours, and the stories were chilling.

Hacker described using his position as a volunteer scoutmaster to gain a boy's trust, and then as he says, groom them for abuse.

"You know, psychological manipulation," he said. He became more than a friend. "Confidante, builder upper, whatever you want to call it, esteem builder; a lot of grooming techniques there; let them feel comfortable with you."

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OAK LAWN PATCH

By the time Thomas Hacker re-entered the Chicago-area Boy Scouts as a merit badge counselor, committee chairman and de facto scoutmaster in 1984, he was followed by a trail of sexual assault and battery convictions, as well as accusations of molesting young boys.

“You trust your pastors, priests, Boy Scout leaders, teachers, park district executives, on the assumption that they had the children’s best interests at heart,” Christopher Hurley, the plaintiffs’ Chicago attorney said. “What these institutions have known all along, especially the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts, is that pedophiles use these institutions as a way to get access to children."

OAK LAWN PATCH

Former colleagues, scouts and youth baseball league players recount the missed cues of the Boy Scouts' most prolific serial pedophile.

“I found him odd, just the way he presented himself,” Olsen said. “Just hearing the name gives me chills. Even talking about it right now I get a little angry.”

“You trust your pastors, priests, Boy Scout leaders, teachers, park district executives, on the assumption that they had the children’s best interests at heart,” Christopher Hurley, the plaintiffs’ Chicago attorney said. “What these institutions have known all along, especially the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts, is that pedophiles use these institutions as a way to get access to children.

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