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Anthony Brooks – Cobbs Creek, VA

On July 8th & 9th, 2014 a two-day jury trial was conducted, The Plaintiff, Anthony Brooks filed suit after he was reported to Child Protection Services for suspected sexual abuse and was suing for $1,000,000 in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Mark Moreno and his son Michael.
The following instructions were delivered to the jury on day two of the trial by the Hon. Marc Jacobson, Ret.
First Instruction: The plaintiff contends the defendant Mark Moreno made the following defamatory statements to Christopher Swanenburg on April 28, 2012. During a general telephone conversation stated plaintiff, quote, had taken photos of boys’ crotches, end of quote, and could be resigning. Trial Transcript Day 2

Next instruction: Your verdict must be based on the facts as you find them and on the

law contained in all of these instructions. The plaintiff contends that defendant Mike Moreno made the following defamatory statement to Sherry Hamel on April 28, 2012, quote, you don’t fucking know what’s going on, Ethan came to me at Wednesday’s practice and told me that Coach Brooks had taken inappropriate pictures of him in his compression shorts when the boys were changing into their uniform and called the plaintiff a pedophile and a pervertTrial Transcript Day 2
  • On the first instruction the Jury found in favor of the Plaintiff, Anthony Brooks against Mark Moreno.
  • On the next instruction the Jury found in favor of the Defendant, Mike Moreno.
Essentially, the Jury decision means that they did not believe what Michael Moreno said was false. Michael Moreno never denied making the statement which essentially means that a jury of Brook’s peers believed that Brooks did take inappropriate pictures of a player in his compression shorts. As a matter of fact, the minor signed a sworn affidavit after he turned 18 years old, the affidavit was precluded from the trial by the judge in a pretrial conference.
Mr. Moreno adamantly denied the statement attributed to him by Christopher Swanenburg. Mark Moreno contends that the statement offered by Swanenburg was a finely crafted false statement constructed by Swanenburg and his attorney to instigate a lawsuit. Swanenburg throughout his litigation in Newport News always seemed to have a problem with the truth.
In April 2015, Swanenburg lost his fourth and final lawsuit related to his termination from Christopher Newport University in which he sued his former assistant coach and the parent of one of the players. On June 25, 2015 Judge Timothy S. Fisher, the trial judge who presided over Swanenburg’s nearly four years of litigation wrote “This is about as unfortunate course of litigation as I have had the opportunity to observe and it appears to achieved absolutely nothing.”
The Moreno’s represented themselves, Brooks was represented by D.Hayden Fisher of Richmond, VA. Fisher  who also represented Christopher Swanenburg in multiple lawsuits related to his termination from Christopher Newport University. Swanenburg failed to prevail in any of the (4) suits that he filed and the last case was settled by a jury that found in favor of the defendant.  Hayden Fisher is the same lawyer who filed a writ to have the confessed murderer of a VCU coed released from prison in 2008. The confessed murderer left the body of his victim wrapped in plastic and duct tape near a public beach in Matthews County. According to published reports, Fisher had not been requested or retained by anyone to file the action but conceivably did so to bring media attention to himself.


So now Brooks thinks that he is deserving of a $250,000 award from a jury. The judgement is a small price to pay when one considers the potential devastation that Brooks could have caused as a result of his apparent predatory tendencies. How can a 67 year-old man justify walking around a partially clothed minor with a camera in his hand and say that he was only checking the lighting on a perfectly sunny day?
The jury decision for Brooks against Mark Moreno apparently has more to do with whether he “could” or “would” be resigning considering the fact that the same jury found in favor of Mike Moreno.
So that’s it, Brooks made the players of a high school lacrosse team refer to him as “creepy” and “weird” because more than likely he is a pervert who either did or attempted to take photos of partially clothed minors and a jury of his peers did not believe that to be false. The Moreno’s defended and protected those players despite the personal risks, they did not hide behind lawyers, they did not settle, and they never folded to the threats and tactics of a disreputable publicly reprimanded sleazy attorney.   Brooks, Swanenburg and their despicable lawyer Hayden Fisher apparently fabricated this lawsuit not to clear Brooks’ name but to profit from it. For Hayden Fisher it’s just a way to collect fees, for Swanenburg it’s just a way to fuel his ego by finding a way to get even with anybody that opposes him, and for Brooks it’s just plain perverted stupidity.

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Christopher T. Swanenburg A former All-Ivy League goaltender at Yale University, Swanenburg brings 20 years of college coaching experience to the Patriots. The all-time winningest coach at Division I Radford University, Swanenburg has 15 years of head coaching experience at the Division I and III levels. He is widely regarded as one of the top teachers in the sport and has helped produce college All-Americans and professional lacrosse players alike.

Christopher T. Swanenburg A former All-Ivy League goaltender at Yale University

Christopher T. Swanenburg, a native of Monkton, Md., is a 1990 graduate of Yale University, where he earned All-Ivy and All-New England honors as a goalie. He finished his Yale career having recorded the third highest single-season save percentage in school history and ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in career saves and save percentage. In 1986, as a high school senior, he led Dulaney High School to the Maryland state championship. Swanenburg was a member of three Ivy League Championship squads and led the Bulldogs to their first modern-day NCAA Tournament appearance in 1988. The 1990 team, on which he was a senior, advanced to the NCAA Division I Final Four. Updated to reflect changes and deletions from Capital Lacrosse website.

The 1990 Yale team also included Midfielder Jon Reese ’90 and Goalie Tony Guido ’90. Reese, the most decorated of all Yale players, who received the 1990 Lt. Don C. McLaughlin, Jr. Memorial Award as the nation’s top midfielder. He was a three-time first-team All-Ivy pick, the 1990 Ivy and New England Player of the Year and Yale’s career leader in points (200) and goals (162). Reese, whose 82 goals his senior season are still an NCAA record, was a 1990 All-American, was named to the NCAA Silver Anniversary Team and became a U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee in 2011.

Tony Guido, one of the best-known goalies in the history of the program earned the 1990 Ensign C.M. Kelly Jr. Memorial Award as the top goaltender in Division 1. Guido helped the Elis earn three Ivy titles while playing in three NCAA Tournaments and whose achievements at Yale were remarkably similar to Swanenburg’s bio posted on the Capital Lacrosse website earlier this year.

For lacrosse aficionados the 1990 championship also has special significance as the NCAA ordered Syracuse to vacate the championship title for rules infractions.

Swanenburg began his coaching career as an assistant at Goucher College. According to Swanenburg’s website, he played an instrumental role in developing the Gophers’ club program to Division III status before moving onto Radford and the Capital Lacrosse website states that he  had a similarly positive effect as a Division I coach, significantly impacting the programs at both Radford and Stony Brook. While at Stony Brook, Swanenburg helped coach the Seawolves to their first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance in 2002.
Under his tutelage, the team was ranked among the nation’s top defensive units and recorded upset wins over UMBC and Albany. At Radford, where he held his first head coaching job, the Highlanders became one of the most improved programs in the country and recorded unlikely wins over programs such as Ohio State, Stony Brook, Lehigh and Villanova. Swanenburg also successfully developed four future professional lacrosse players, including NLL Rookie of The Year Blaine Manning and perennial NLL All-Pro Lewis Ratcliff.
Prior to Marymount, Swanenburg spent the previous two seasons as the top assistant at NCAA Division I playoff participant Stony Brook University. There he handled the majority of recruiting and scouting duties as well as serving as the Seawolves’ defensive coordinator and goalie coach. During his first season, the 2001 campaign, the Seawolves improved on consecutive five-win seasons to 7-7 and were ranked as high as #21 nationally.
Before joining Stony Brook, Swanenburg served as the head coach at Division I Radford University for seven seasons. He resigned from his place with the Highlanders after the school’s decision to stop sponsoring men’s lacrosse. Under his guidance, the program Radford improved from 50th to 30th in the nation and was recognized in a study by US Lacrosse and LaxPower as one of the most improved teams in Division I.  Swanenburg left Radford as the winningest coach in school history and as the only one to post a winning season at the Division I level.
Chris Swanenburg was introduced November 3, 2005 as the first-ever men’s lacrosse coach at Christopher Newport University. He arrived at CNU after three years at Marymount University and with 15 years of college coaching experience.  Swanenburg was terminated by CNU on March 30, 2010 and “remains the all-time-winningest coach in CNU history and the only head coach to have ever led the team to a winning season.” Amended Complaint, Case Number: CL1300801T-01, ¶6 and although Swanenburg was terminated by CNU he remains “a highly respected and accomplished teacher of lacrosse related tournaments, camps and events.” Amended Complaint, Case Number: CL1300801T-01, ¶6  
Today Swanenburg is the Director of Capital Lacrosse and the sole member of Capital Lacrosse, LLC. Amended Complaint, Case Number: CL1300801T-01, ¶2 (more…)

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