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Sexual Abuse & Sexual Assault

Massage Envy Hit With Another Sex Abuse Lawsuit in Florida
Farmer Jaffe Weissing sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz has filed yet another sexual abuse law suit against a Massage Envy franchise accusing a masseur of sexually assaulting a female client. The most recent case, file on September 17, 2015, in Orange County Circuit Court, accuses massage therapist Cesar Guerrero...click to continue.

Ninth Lawsuit Filed Alleging Sexual Abuse By Dr. Manuel Abreu
Farmer Jaffe Weissing sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz has filed a shocking ninth civil lawsuit involving allegations that Dr. Manuel Abreu used his position as a doctor to sexually abuse women at two medical practices in Florida. In the most recent case, a Palm Beach County woman alleges that she went to the Delray Beach office of Personal Physician Care, P.A. Inc. on September 5, 2013,...click to continue.

Two More Massage Envy Masseurs Facing Legal Problems For Sexual Assault Of Clients
By now, the news should be starting to sound familiar. Massage Envy therapists working on Massage Envy franchises are being criminally charged for sexual assaulting innocent female clients. This week two more massage therapists are dealing with criminal authorities...click to continue.

Miami Judge Rejects Boy Scouts' Request to Seal Files on Sex Abuse By Scoutmasters
When you have a veil of secrecy, you have the potential for abusive behavior. Just as civil litigation has caused the veil of secrecy of child sex abuse to be lifted in the Catholic Church; so too is it now being lifted around the Boy Scouts of America...click to continue.

Sexual Battery Lawsuit Filed By Florida Woman Against Rap Artist, The Game
The attorneys at Farmer Jaffe Weissing have filed a lawsuit against famed rap artist, The Game, on behalf of a female contestant in his reality show, "She's Got Game." The lawsuit was filed in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois against the internationally-known rap music artist whose real names is Jayceon Terrell Taylor. "She's Got Game" is set to....click to continue.

South Florida Gymnastics Coach Carl Lechner Arrested on Child Porn Charges
Once again, a longtime coach of youth athletics has been arrested in Broward County, Florida on charges of sexual misbehavior involving minors. This time, Carl Lchner, a 66-year-old longtime gymnastics coach in Florida has been arrested on child pornography charges...click to continue.

Cooper City, Florida Baseball Coach Scott Solomon Charged With Sex Assault Of 11-Year-Old Boy
A Broward County Florida youth baseball coach is facing criminal charges after the Broward Sheriff's Office says he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old boy who played for his Cooper City baseball team in the Optimist league. The coach, David Solomon, was...click to continue.

New Florida Law Allows Child Sex Abuse Victims To Use Secret Recordings as Evidence In Court
A new Florida law allows victims of sexual abuse and violent criminal acts to use secret recordings of their perpetrators as evidence in court. Previously, such one-way recordings were not allowed in evidence if the perpetrator...click to continue.

Central Florida Businessman Loomes Wheeler, Jr. Found Guilty of Sex Offenses
An Osecola County, Florida jury has found prominent businessman Loomes Wheeler, Jr. guilty of sex offenses with two girls. Wheeler is best known as the owner of the 217-acre Horse World Riding Stables in Poinciana...click to continue.

Sexual Battery Lawsuit Filed in Fort Myers Against Massage Therapist Matthew Brede
Farmer Jaffe Weissing sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz filed a lawsuit this week on behalf of a female client of Westland Chiropractic Clinic who alleges that she was sexually assaulted by her massage therapist Matthew Brede...click to continue

Boca Raton Massage Envy Masseur Raymond Smith Arrested For Sexual Battery
Yet again, a massage therapist from Massage Envy has been arrested on criminal charges that he sexually assaulted a female client. This time it is Raymond Smith, a masseur, who was employed at a Massage Envy franchise located at 7050 West Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton, Florida...click to continue.

What Should You Do If Your Child Was Sexually Abused At Daycare?
The lawyers at Farmer Jaffe Weissing have decades of experience practicing in the areas of sexual assault. Combined, they have represented hundreds of sexual abuse survivors. We are particularly experienced in representing child survivors who have been abused at daycares and pre-school...click to continue.

Massage Envy Employee Arrested in Pennsylvania on Sex Assault Charges
Once again, a massage therapist from Massage Envy has been arrested on sexual assault charges. This time, Joames R. Delter, a licensed therapist in Pennsylvania was arrested...click to continue

Breaking News: Florida Middle School Principal Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse of Boys
James Larking, the 64-year old former middle school principal of Tampa Day School, pleaded quilty today to two charges of felony sexual battery of a minor...click to continue.

Sexual Battery Lawsuit Filed Against Massage Envy in Boca Raton
Farmer Jaffe Weissing sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz filed a lawsuit this week on behalf of a femal client of Massage Envy who alleges that she was sexually assaulted by a male massage therapist...click to continue.

Breaking News: Florida Doctor Manuel Abreu Charged With Sex Battery of A Second Female Patient
Dr. Manuel Abreu of Delray Beach, Florida is now facing two separate criminal charges in Palm Beach County involving unwanted sexual contact with female patients...click to continue.

News Alert: Florida Doctor Manuel Abreu Arrested for Felony Sexual Battery on Female Patient
Dr. Manuel Abreu has been arrested on a felony sexual battery charge in Palm Beach County. The criminal charge against the Delray Beach physician carries a maximum sentence of fifteen years in prison and registry on the sex offender list...click to continue

Dioceses of Venice Priest Father Leo Riley Placed on Leave Following Sex Abuse Report
Father Leo P. Riley, a priest of the Diocese of Venice, has been placed on administrative leave and removed from the active ministry at St. Peter the Apostle in Naples, following a report that he sexually abused a child in 1985 while serving as a priest in Iowa...click to continue.

Massage Envy Employee in Huston Arrested for Sex Abuse Had Prior Sex Abuse Complaint
Women across the country are reporting incidents of sexual assault during massages at Massage Envy in large numbers. The sheer number of incidents reflects a disturbing trend in the massage therapy industry and at the over one thousand Massage Envy locations in particular...click to continue.

Lawmakers Urged to Eliminate Statute of Limitations on Civil Lawsuits for Sex Abuse
The greatest challenge facing survivors of child sex abuse when seeking civil justice remains the archaic statute of limitations in many jurisdictions, which forces survivors to file a lawsuit long before they are emotionally or psychologically prepared to do so...click to continue.

Georgia Bill Would Extend Statute of Limitations on Lawsuits for Sexual Abuse
The Georgian legislature is now considering a bill (House Bill 17) that would extend stature of limitations in civil court for child sexual abuse victims. Under the bill, victims would have until age 56 (35 years after they reach the age of majority) to file a law suit..click to continue.

FJW Files Sixth Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Battery By Dr. Manuel Abreu
Farmer Jaffe Weissing sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz has filed yet another lawsuit alleging thaty Dr. Manuel Abreu sexually battered a woman he met through his duties as a doctor. In the latest lawsuit filed in Pinellas County, a female patient alleges that Dr. Manuel Abreu made inappropriate comments about her..click to continue.

Military Service Tolls for Crime Victims to File Lawsuits

Most state and federal jurisdiction have time limits knows as statutes of limitations, within which, a crime victim must file a civil lawsuit or else the claim is forever barred and will be dismissed as untimely. in a case of child sexual abuse, numerous states have begun...click to continue.

Police: West Palm Beach Priest Had Child Porn on His Cell Phone
Rev. Jose Palimattom, a 47-year old Catholic priest assigned to Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in West Palm Beach, was arrested today for having child pornography on his cell phone and showing the images to a minor. According to police, the priest asked a 14-year old boy from his parish to help him delete pictures from his cell phone. In so doing, the boy discovered dozens of image of nude pre-pubescent boys on the priest's cell phone with tags such as "little boys" and told his father about…click to continue.

FJW Files Sexual Battery Lawsuit Against Prison Transport Company
Farmer Jaffe Weissing sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz filed a lawsuit this week on behalf of a young adult female alleging that she was sexually battered in July 2014 by the driver of a van who was responsible for transporting her from a correctional facility in Miami-Dade toward Citrus County, Florida. The alleged perpetrator, JORGE VELA, was employed as a driver by US CORRECTIONS LLC. US CORRECTIONS LLC is in the business of transporting prisoners and inmates nationwide between correctional facilities…click to continue.

Sexual-Assault and Harassment at the Company Holiday Party

A shocking investigative report issued by an independent Christian research company (GRACE) into Bob Jones University's handling of sexual abuse allegations and treatment of self-reported victims was recently released. The stunning 300-page report, which can be read here in its entirety, found that for many years the fundamentalist university actively discouraged students who reported being sexual abuse victims from filing police reports and instead urged the student-victims to repent for their own sins...click to continue

Sexual-Assault and Harassment at the Company Holiday Party

The traditional end of year holiday party at most companies is an event employees looking forward to as a way to celebrate the successes of the past year in an informal setting with colleagues.It is commonplace for gossip-worth activities to take place at company holiday parties. Most of these incidents are funny and at worst a bit embarrassing. Unfortunately, these parties are also the scene of countless incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault which can result in civil or criminal legal action…click to continue.

Nur-Ul-Islam Academy in Cooper City Rocked by Child Sex Abuse Claims

Tariq Ahmad, a veteran teacher at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy, a private school in Cooper City, Florida is now the subject of a multi-victim child sexual abuse investigation by law enforcement officials. Ahmad, a 35 year old male, stands accused of forcing three teenage girls, ages 14 and 15 at the time, to have sexual intercourse with him while they were students at the Academy between 2006 and 2008. Tariq Ahmad started working at Nur-Ul Islam Academy in August 2006 according to his LinkedIn page. It is alleged the Nur-Ul-Islam Academy allowed Ahmad to remain a teacher even after receiving a complaint accusing Ahman…click to continue.

FJW Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Corrections Officer Sexually Assaulted by Inmates

Farmer Jaffe Weissing sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz filed a lawsuit this week on behalf of a female corrections officer who alleges that she was sexually battered by a group of male inmates who escaped from their cells through two open doors at the Pre-Trial Detenion Facility in Miami, Florida.   The lawsuit was filed against the officer's employer, Miami-County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department. The assault occurred because a co-worked violated the Department's "double-door" policy, which...click to continue.

Farmer Jaffe Weissing: New Lawsuit vs. Diocese of Venice for Sex Abuse Convicted Minster Now on Sex Offender Registry

Farmer Jaffe Weissing attorney Adam Horowtiz filed a lawsuit this week against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Venice alleging that Eucharist Minster Robert Little sexually abused a 13-year-old boy on multiple ocassions in summer 2013. Click to continue.

Molestation Lawsuit Filed Against Boy Scouts of America and South Florida Council

Attorney Adam Horowitz announced this week that a lawsuit has been filed in Miami-Dade County on behalf of a former boy scout who alleges that he was  sexually abused on multiple occasions by his troop's assistant scoutmaster Jerold Mackinnon in 1983-84...Click to continue.

Minister from Fort Myers Catholic Church Pleads Guilty to Molestation

Robert Little was a volunteer Eucharistic minister at St. Francis Xavier Church in Fort Myers beginning in 2010 until he abruptly resigned in the summer of 2013.  Parishioners were not told why Little resigned. The Diocese of Venice recently claimed the  minister's resignation was for "health reasons."...Click to Continue.

Youth Pastor From Titusville, Florida Arrested on Child Porn Charges

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is reporting the arrest of the Youth Pastor at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Titusville, Florida on 10 counts of possession of child pornography.  The Youth Pastor, Lucas Brandenburg...Click to continue.

Ex-Tampa Day School Principal Arrested Again on Child Sex Charges

Our law firm represents an alleged victim of child sexual abuse by James Larkin, a long-time educator who worked as Principal in Tampa Day School and Headmaster at St. John's Greek Orthodox School in Tampa, Florida...Click to continue.

Victim of Sexual Abuse by Diocese of Venice Priest Tells His Story

A 37-year old Port Charlotte man recently spoke out about of his experience at the hands of the Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph, in a story published in The News-Press. His story involves being fondled as a 16-year old boy in the priest's living quarters in Fort Myers, Florida. As a teenager, this frightened and caused his to freeze in disbelief. Years later he had the courage to come forward to report his abuse the Diocese of Venice...Click to continue.

Fourth Sexual Battery Lawsuit Filed Against Florida Doctor, Manuel Abreu

We have now filed our fourth lawsuit against Dr. Manuel Abreu arising from the alleged sexual battery. Three of the alleged victims were his female patients and the other alleged victim was a co-worker medical assistant. Our first two lawsuits were filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court and named Personal Physician Care, who employed Dr. Abreu in Delray Beach between 2012 and June 2014, as a defendant. Personal Physician Care is one of the largest primary care medical practices in Delray Beach, Florida...Click to continue.

Another Sexual Battery Lawsuit Filed Against Dr. Manuel Abreu

Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman attorney Adam Horowitz announces the filing in Palm Beach County Circuit Court (Case No. 2014CA009305) of a second sexual battery lawsuit filed against Dr. Manuel Abreu and his former medical practice, Personal Physician Care, P.A. ...Click to continue.

Parents: Learn About the Grooming Process and How It Leads to Child Sexual Abuse

It is well-understood that most sexual abuse of children is committed by persons who are already known to the child and his parents.  This is a sharp contrast to the myth that children should only fear interactions with strangers.  But this reality begs the question as how does a an offender make the transition from an ordinary trusted adult to having the opportunity and access to sexually abuse a child. The answer, most often, lies in a single word - GROOMING....Click to continue.

Ex-Tampa Day School Principal James Larkin Criminally Charged with Molestation of 14-Year-Old Male Student

Attorney Adam Horowitz represents a 14-year old boy who is the alleged victim of molestation by Ex- Tampa Day School principal James Larkin and announces that the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s office charged James Larkin with a felony sex crime of his client this week in connection with this alleged abuse...Click to continue.

Hospital Pays $190 Million to Settle With Patients After Doctor Secretly Recorded Pelvic Exams

n a landmark settlement, Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay $190 million to settle the claims of more than 7,000 women who had their pelvic exams secretly recorded by Dr. Nikita A. Levy, a gynecologist and obstetrician. During patient exams, the doctor wore a pen around his neck. It was really a concealed camera, and for years...Click to continue.

Pope's Claim That 2% of Clergy Are Pedophiles May Be Too Low

Pope Francis sent the media into a frenzy last week when during an interview published in the Italian daily La Repubblica, the Pope discussed the "Leprosy" of pedophilia. The article quotes the Pope as saying about 2 percent of Catholic priest....Click to continue.

Report: 35 Disney World Employees Arrested for Child Sex Crimes Since 2006

In recent blogs, I have discussed the epidemic of child sexual abuse in a variety of settings where one would otherwise expect a child to be safe -- doctor's offices, cruise ships, summer camps, and in the boy scouts. This blog continues with that theme and is devoted to shedding light on what had until recently been Disney World's best kept secret...Click to continue.

Boy Scout Leader Facing Sex Abuse Charges Was Already Barred from Scouts 

Boy Scout Leader Thomas George Seifert  was recently charged with sexually assaulting two Boy Scouts in York County, Virginia. Seifert, age 56, who was an assistant scoutmaster at Troop 226 in York County, stands accused of assaulting two boys over the past four years...Click to continue.

Convicted Sex Offender Pastor Allowed to Preach to Kids
Darrell Gilyard is a registered sex offender in the State of Florida.  Darrell Gilyard is also the Pastor at Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, where he is free to preach to kids. These two sentences should never go together, yet somehow this is being allowed by church leadership with little outcry from...Click to continue.

Federal Court Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Assault by Massage Therapist in Spa of Luxury Cruiseship

Attorney Adam Horowitz announces the filing of a lawsuit in federal court in the Southern District of Florida against MSC CRUISES for the alleged sexual assault of passenger by a massage therapist in the spa of a luxury cruise ship, MSC DIVINA...Click to continue.

Hawaii Opens a 2-Year "Window" for Sexual Abuse Lawsuits to Be Filed
Attorneys and advocates for survivors of child sexual abuse continue to applaud the wisdom of the Hawaii legislature in passing a groundbreaking law enacting a two-year window in which survivors of child sex abuse may bring their claims without having to overcome the statute of limitations defense...Click to continue.

Hawaii Passes Law to Protect Rights of Children of  Child Sex Abuse Survivors
In a massive victory for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a pair of bills on June 20, 2014. The first bill lengthens the amount of time victims of child sex abuse have to files a suit. The legislature created a "window" through June 2016, in which survivors of sexual abuse in Hawaii under the age of 55, may file civil lawsuits in which the defendants...Click to continue

Can The Institute in Basic Life Principles Be Trusted To Police Itself?
The Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) is an international conservative Christian based in Oak Brook, Illinois with millions of followers. IBLP was established by Bill Gothard. A recent controversy involving its founder Bill Gothard demonstrates why no organization should rely solely on an internal investigation when dealing with matters such as a child sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Click to continue.

Are Your Kids Safe From Sexual Abuse At Summer Camp?
School is out and summer is here. It’s the time of year when many parents send their kids off on that grand adventure: sleep away camp. Camp can be an exciting time for kids, when they make new friends and get a taste of independence from their families. Parents, too, often appreciate the weeks of sleep away camp, for a variety of reasons. Click to continue

Danger in the Exam Room: Doctors Who Sexually Assault Patient
Many people incorrectly assume that an act of sexual assault by a physician cannot happen to them because it is rare and a person with substantial education and elevated status would never commit such a heinous act. Both of these beliefs are completely inaccurate. Click to continue.

Sex Abuse Scandal Continues to Grow Within Tribes Mission
More facts continue to be gathered and shared about what had previously been a well-kept secret within one of the largest Christian missionary organizations of the world. There are mounting accounts from all corners of the glob of an institutional pattern of child sexual abuse and physical torture of...Click to continue.

Why are Sexually Abused Children at Great Risk for Revictimization?
It is commonly understood the survivors of childhood sexual abuse are at greater risk for a variety of psychological problems than persons who do not experience this trauma. This includes depression, anxiety, substance abuse, mood swings among many other issues. Click to continue.

Lawsuit Claims Baptist Church Exposed Child to Sexual Predator
In a lawsuit filed today in Jackson, Tennessee, our law firm brought a child sexual abuse lawsuit against The First Baptist Church of Bemis, Tennessee claiming that a 10-year-old girl (JANE DOE) was sexually abused by church volunteer Chad Eugene Lutrell during vacation bible school. Click to continue.

Tampa Day School Principle James Larkin Arrested for Abusing Student
James Jerome Larkin, the middle school principal of Tampa Day School, was recently arrested for lewd or lascivious molestation of a student, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Larkin was arrested for molestation of a 14-year-old who attended his school according to published reports. Click to continue.

Masha's Law Allows Civil Lawsuits for Child Pornography Victims
Tragically, child pornography is multi-billion dollar industry with countless sexual images and videos of children disseminated daily. The internet has allowed these images and videos to spread faster and given more people access to them than ever before. Child predators can now interact and exchange images and videos in well-organized communities like never before. Click to continue.

The Internet -- A Child Sexual Predator's Playground

The internet did not create child predators, but it has significantly increased the opportunities sexual predators have to meet victims while minimizing detection. They can communicate with children anonymously through instant messaging, social networking sites, chat rooms, message boards, and even...Click to continue.

The Hidden Danger of Sexual Assault on a Cruise Ship

Behind all the fun of cruise ship vacation, there is a danger lurking aboard these vessels which cruise lines do not advertise and passengers tend not think about - sexual assault. The rate of incidents of sexual assault and rape claims on cruise ships – by crew members, entertainers or by other passengers – is much higher that most people think. The combination of…Click to continue.

Filing a Lawsuit for Sexual Abuse of a Child at Daycare
Our attorneys are experienced in handling cases involving sexual abuse of children at a daycare. Nothing can prepare a parent for the moment they learn their child was sexually abused. It must be a terrible and confusing time. Our team of legal professionals can help through you this predicament…Click to continue.

Sexual Abuse of Children in Daycare Centers
Working parents often rely on child daycare instructors for the safety, development, and growth of their child. The daycare employees provide a critical role and take on the role of substitute parents during the work week. It is not unusual for daycare instructors to spend more time with a child than a child's actual parents during the work week. It is every parent's worst nightmare, but sexual assaults of children do occur in daycares and pre-schools…Click to continue.

Filing a Lawsuit for Sexual Assault by a Massage Therapist
Our attorneys are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by massage therapists during a massage.  Across the country there have been an increasing number of cases involving inappropriate sexual contact by massage therapists. The perpetrators of these assaults are often..Click to continue.  

Sexual Assault by Massage Therapists
 Massage therapy is a billion dollar industry with one in four adults having had a massage within the past year. Countless people go to spas, hotels, and other locations to receive a massage for relaxation, pain relief, detox, or therapy. Unfortunately...Click to continue.

FTC Report Raises Alarm Over Children’s Apps and Privacy Concerns
Are your children being exploited online by developers, marketers, advertisers and predators? Click to continue.

Sex Abuse Files From Internal Boy Scout Records Released
Read about how the Boy Scouts of America are preparing to release thousands of unpublished internal documents containing the names of volunteers and employees expelled for suspected sexual abuse. Click to continue.

Victimology: Broward Man Pimped Teenager Runaways
Sex trafficking and prostituting teens is on the rise. Learn about how teenage girls were forced or coerced into becoming sex crime victims. Click to continue.

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