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HEALTH DEPT. ORDERS EMERGENCY LICENSE RESTRICTION OF CORAL SPRINGS ACUPUNCTURIST

                                               FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ORDERS EMERGENCY LICENSE RESTRICTION OF LOCAL ACUPUNCTURIST

 

On July 2, 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of Sergio H. Garcia, (Dr. Garcia) to practice acupuncture in the state. Garcia is co-founder of SAGA (Service of Acupuncture Guided by Angels), located at 10718 Wiles Rd, Coral Springs, FL 33076. 

According to the Emergency Order, in late April 2020, Garcia was sexually inappropriate with a female patient while giving her a treatment. After placing the needles, he gave her a full body massage, and told the patient he was giving her a tantric massage. He then “massaged” her vaginal and breast areas.  On two occasions, he allegedly penetrated the patient’s vagina with his finger.  According to the Order, he told her he was removing energy blocks from her body and then kissed her forehead. The Department of Health says that at no point during the session did Garcia ask permission of the patient to touch her in such a manner. 

Such brazen acts are outside the scope of acupuncture practice and are considered to be sexual misconduct which is against the law. The Department of Health found Garcia’s continued unrestricted practice as an acupuncturist, poses an immediate danger to the health and well being of Florida’s citizens. As such, a proceeding for disciplinary action against Garcia will be instituted.

The stresses of life can easily overwhelm us. When patients book an acupuncture appointment it is to manage pain, decompress and relax. They trust that the acupuncturist treating them is carefully vetted and safe. It is both unacceptable and unlawful for any employee to violate the trust of patients and touch them in a sexual manner. 

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against health care professionals on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during their appointment. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery by an acupuncturist or other health care worker, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Fr. Theodore Gillette – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Theodore Gillette

Diocese of Ogdensburg

Theodore Gillette Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1978

Removed: 2002

Died: 2014

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1979-1981 Holy Name (Au Sable Forks, NY)
  • 1982-1983 St. Bernard (Saranac Lake, NY)
  • 1984-1987 Notre Dame (Ogdensburg, NY)
  • 1988 St. Augustine (Peru, NY)
  • 1989-1993 St. Hubert (Star Lake, NY)
  • 1994 St. Raphael’s (Heuvelton, NY)
  • 1995-1999 St. Paul (Black River, NY)
  • 2000-2002 St. Rita (Deferiet, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Theodore Gillette:

In July of 2002, Father Theodore Gillette and three other priests were removed from their assignments as a result of a zero tolerance policy from Dallas Bishops’ conference. He was working at St. Paul’s parish in Black River at the time. The Diocese released a statement saying that all four priests had substantiated sexual abuse allegations against them. Furthermore, all four of the priests had also been through some form of therapy in the past for their problems.

No other information has been released about the number of alleged victims or the time-frame of the alleged abuse. His whereabouts from 2003-2013 are unknown.

Father Theodore Gillete died in August of 2014.

His name appears on the updated list of credibly accused priests by the Ogdensburg diocese as of November 13th, 2018.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Edward Franklin – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Edward Franklin

Diocese of Ogdensburg

 

Ordained: 1962

Removed: 1996

Died: 2005

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • Our Lady of Mercy Parish (Plainville, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Edward Franklin:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest that was first named publicly as accused of abuse by the list was Father Edward Franklin.

The Ogdensburg Diocese did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred. The only information given about Father Franklin was that he had been removed from ministry by the Ogdensburg diocese in 1996, and died in April of 2005.

Each name on the list has been internally investigated and found to have reasonable grounds by the Diocesan Review Board. His name also appears on the Hartford archdiocese’s list of credibly accused priests as of January 2019. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Bruce Favreau – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Bruce T. Favreau

Diocese of Ogdensburg

 

Ordained: 1980

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Bruce Favreau:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest that was first named publicly as accused was Father Bruce Favreau.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred. The only information given about Father Favreau was that he has been removed from ministry, but is still living. Each name on the list has been internally investigated and found to have reasonable grounds by the Diocesan Review Board.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Ronald Farchette – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Ronald Farchette

Diocese of Ogdensburg

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Ordained:1969

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1968-1970 Holy Family (Watertown, NY)
  • 1971 Our Lady of Victory (Plattsburgh, NY)
  • 1975 St. Mary’s (Massena, NY)
  • 1976-1977 St. Francis Xavier (Redwood, NY)
  • 1978 On Leave
  • 1979-1980 St. Anthony of Padua (Utica, NY)
  • 1981 On Leave (Ogdensburg)
  • 1981-1983 On Leave (Syracuse)
  • 1984 Not Listed

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Ronald Farchette:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest that was first named publicly for abuse was Father Ronald J. Farchette.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred. The only information the diocese released about Father Farchette was that he has been removed from ministry, but is still living. Each name on the list has been internally investigated and found to have reasonable grounds by the Diocesan Review Board.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John Fallon – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father John Fallon

Diocese of Ogdensburg

 

Ordained: 1955

Died: 2005

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1956-1960 Holy Family Church (Watertown, NY)
  • 1961 Holy Name of Jesus Church (Tupper Lake, NY)
  • 1962-1968 St. Mary Church (Ticonderoga, NY)
  • 1969-1975 St. Matthew Church (Black Brook, NY)
  • 1975-1985 Holy Angels Church (Altona, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Fallon:

In September of 1985, Father John Fallon was arrested on charges of mailing child pornography to a photo lab for developing. The pictures were said to be of a boy who was under the age of 14. After investigating further, other photos of young boys from the town where Fallon was assigned were also found at the rectory.

He pled guilty to the charges in December of 1985, and was sentenced to 5 years probation, including 6 months of psychiatric therapy.

According to reports, he was living in New Mexico on “sick leave” from 1989-2000. He then moved to Syracuse retirement home and remained inactive. The Syracuse Diocese claimed that they had no knowledge of his past offenses.

John Fallon died in February of 2005. His name has been included on the Ogdensburg diocese’s list of credibly accused priests as of November 13th, 2018.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Robert O. Duford – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Robert O. Duford

Diocese of Ogdensburg

Ordained: 1906

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert O. Duford:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One name that was first accused publicly of abuse was Father Robert Duford. The Diocese of Ogdensburg did not include the number of victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred. Each name on the list has been internally investigated and found to have reasonable grounds by the Diocesan Review Board. 

The only information given about Father Duford was that he died in October of 1949, long before the list was made public. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John “Jack” Downs – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father John “Jack” Downs

Diocese of Ogdensburg 

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Ordained: 1955

Retired: 2004

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1955-1968 Sacred Heart (Massena, NY)
  • 1968-1969 Diocesan Consultor (Redwood, NY)
  • 1969-1980 Director of Radio and Television 
  • 1973 Adams, New York
  • 1978 West Chazy, New York
  • 1987-1990 Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston (West Virginia) 
  • 1990-2004 St. Joseph’s (Massena, NY) 

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John “Jack” Downs:

In August of 2019, a lawsuit was filed under the New York Child Victims Act that included allegations against Father John “Jack” Downs. The alleged abuse occurred in 1995 and allegedly involved a 16-year-old.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg acknowledged the claim and had an internal investigation before reporting it to law enforcement, then deemed the claim unsubstantiated. No further information has been released about the number of alleged victims or the time frame of the alleged abuse.

Father John Downs has continued to remain an active priest in semi-retirement in Ogdensburg as of August 2019. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Joseph Degen – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Joseph Degen (aka Joseph Degan)

Diocese of Ogdensburg

 

Ordained: 1956

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Degen:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest that was first named publicly for abused was Father Joseph Degen. His last name was shown as “Degen” on the list but has also been listed as’ ‘Degan” in the official Catholic Directory.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred. The only information given about Father Joseph Degen is that he has been deceased since before the list was made public.

Each name on the list has been internally investigated and found to have reasonable grounds by the Diocesan Review Board.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Joseph Conti – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Joseph Conti

Diocese of Ogdensburg

Joseph Conti Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1967

Retired: 2002 

Died: 2018 

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Alphonsus Church (Tupper Lake, NY)
  • Our Lady of Victory Church (Plattsburgh, NY)
  • St. Anthony’s Church (Watertown, NY)
  • Immaculate Heart Central High School
  • St. John’s Academy 
  • Seton Catholic High School (Binghamton, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Conti:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest that was first named publicly for the abuse of a minor was Father Joseph Conti. The diocese did not include the number of alleged victims or the time-frame that the alleged abuse occurred.

The only information the Diocese of Ogdensburg listed about Father Conti is that he was removed from ministry and marked as deceased. According to his obituary, he taught and coached at many schools throughout New York and retired in 2002, before passing in July of 2018.

Each name on the list has been internally investigated and found to have reasonable grounds by the Diocesan Review Board.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.