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Fr. Robert J. Allmendinger – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Robert J. Allmendinger

Diocese of Rockville Centre

Robert J. Allmendinger Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1980

Removed: 1986

Assignment History:

  • 1980-1982: St. William the Abbot (Seaford, NY)
  • 1982-1985: Holy Family (Hicksville, NY)
  • 1985-1986: St. Francis Hospital (Roslyn, NY)
  • 1986: St. Hugh of Lincoln (Huntington Station, NY)
  • 1987: Church of the Good Shepherd (Hampton Bays, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Robert J. Allmendinger:

Fr. Robert J. Allmendinger is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre‘s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred while Fr. Allmendinger worked at St. William the Abbot Church in Seaford, NY. It also says that the abuse took place in his car and at a family member’s home in the Hamptons during the 1980s. The details of the alleged victim’s, including age and gender, are unknown. Allmendinger was removed from service in 1986 for unknown reasons.

After he was removed, he changed his name to Robert Allmen, calls himself Bishop, and has been performing weddings around Long Island, NY. He continues to provide community support, even though he is not in “good standing.”  He has several websites and wedding pages listed that call him “Father Robert.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process, but strict filing deadlines will apply, and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  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.

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Yahil Suarez Oliva of Massage Envy in Hollywood Disciplined for Sexual Misconduct

On March 31, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Yahil Suarez Oliva on account of alleged sexual misconduct at Massage Envy in the Sheridan Plaza franchise in Hollywood, Florida.  The Order prohibits Yahil Suarez Oliva from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  The Emergency Order was entered in response to a sexual misconduct complaint by a female client. Oliva has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since November 2018. 

On November 24, 2020, Oliva was employed at a Massage Envy located at 5081 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021 (Sheridan Plaza). On that day, Suarez Oliva provided a 60-minute massage to a 46-year-old female client. The client undressed and laid face down on the table with a sheet covering her buttocks. When Oliva entered the room, he uncovered one side of her buttocks.

During the massage, Suarez Oliva allegedly touched and grazed the client’s breast multiple times.  At one point, he directed his client to flip over on her back and lay face up.  According to the Emergency Order, the victim complained of a sharp shooting pain in her groin area. Oliva began massaging the area with one hand, and with the other hand he penetrated the client’s vagina using one or more fingers. He then  reportedly walked by her side and rubbed his erect penis on the client’s arm and shoulder area. As he continued to massage her, the victim told him “don’t touch me,” then got up and got dressed. The Order states that the client suffered from panic attacks for months thereafter.

When clients schedule a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.  Clients of massage therapists are placed in isolated, vulnerable settings where they can be subject to abuse by their massage therapists. Due to the potential for abuse that is inherent under those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy franchises and other spas and resorts. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, 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 for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Fr. Henry Clark – Diocese of Syracuse

Father Henry Clark

Diocese of Syracuse

Henry Clark Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Died: 1957

Assignment History:

  • Diocese of Syracuse
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Mobile, AL)
  • 1951-1957: St. Anne (Santa Fe, NM)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Henry Clark:

According to Bishop Accountability, Clark Father Henry Clark worked in several churches in the Diocese of Syracuse before assuming duties in Utica, Alabama, and New Mexico.

Fr. Clark is listed on the Diocese of Santa Fe’s 2018 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Clark died in Albuquerque in 1957 at the age of 56.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Syracuse in New York. The Diocese of Syracuse filed for federal bankruptcy protection in June 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Syracuse may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but you must do so before April 15, 2021.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Syracuse will never be able to take any legal action if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case. 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.

Junior Augustin Deerfield Beach Preacher

A South Florida Preacher Charged With Sexual Battery of a Minor

A 34-year old South Florida preacher, Junior Augustin, has been charged with sexual battery and lewd and lascivious behavior of a minor. The criminal investigation began after a mother found sexually explicit messages and photos on her teen daughter’s cell phone from the preacher.  Augustin lives in Deerfield Beach and works at Solid Rock the Seventh Day Church, located at 3520 W Broward Blvd #215, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312.

According to the Broward County Sheriff’s office, on March 30, 2021, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives arrested the preacher on charges of sexual battery on a minor 16 or 17 years of age and sex offense of a victim over 12 and up to 15 years of age.  The victim, Augustin’s goddaughter, stayed at Augustin’s home to assist with babysitting his eight children (ages 2-10) while the preacher’s wife was in the hospital. The police report states that she stayed at his home all of January and February 2021. 

In March, the teen returned home, and her mother noticed her behavior seemed off, which made her mother suspicious, the Sheriff’s Office said. The teen’s mother took her daughter’s cellphone and saw sexually explicit photos and messages of her daughter and Junior Augustin expressing their love for each other sent in the Whatsapp and Telegram apps.

Augustin later admitted to the sexual acts and made a voluntary confession during two regularly recorded meetings at a his church. Detectives received the recordings of Junior Augustin’s confession. In the first recording, Augustin admits to receiving the nude pics and video or his god-daughter. The second meeting recording revealed that one morning he came home from work, got undressed and went to bed and left his bedroom door open. Augustin claims the victim entered his bedroom and initiated sexual activity with Junior who was asleep. Half asleep, Augustin says he believed that he was having sex with his wife. Once Augustin opened his eyes he says he realized that he was having sex the teen, not his wife. Augustin said he then pushed the girl away and told her not to tell her mother so she would not get in trouble. 

The preacher is now behind bars for sexually battering the 16-year-old girl on a $50,000 bond for each charge. The investigation is ongoing.

Sexual abuse by a member of the clergy is a breach of trust at the highest level. The lawyers at Horowitz Law have been representing survivors of clergy abuse for more than twenty years. In cases across the country and in almost every state, our lawyers advocate for sexual abuse victims by priests and other clergy. If you or someone you know was a victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault at a church or other religious organization, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Diocese of Camden bankruptcy sexual abuse

Analyzing Diocese of Camden’s List of Priests Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse

A startling fact jumps out when you review the list of priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Camden New Jersey: Many of them are still alive.

So one or more of them could have raped a girl yesterday, groped a boy last night or is grooming an unsuspecting family full of kids right now.

The only silver lining here is that since they’re alive, they might still be prosecuted, convicted, jailed and kept away from kids.

This is one reason why you should come forward now if you saw, suspected or suffered ANY wrongdoing by ANY current or former Camden area clerics.

There are actually LOTS of reasons to come forward now. But here’s one you may not be aware of: victims of Camden clergy face an impending deadline.

On June 30, 2021 the Camden diocesan bankruptcy window closes. If you come forward before then, you may receive compensation for your pain AND you will likely be able to get your perpetrator publicly named, which helps to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

If you come forward AFTER that date, your legal options will be far more limited if not eliminated.

And here are two facts about filing an abuse claim that many don’t understand.

First, you can file a claim without your identity being made public.

Second, even after stepping forward, you can withdraw your claim without penalty or explanation any time you want.

Now, back to the Camden accused list. Two other parts of it are noteworthy.

–It shows the same sad patterns of dangerous men being shuffled by church officials to other countries (Vietnam), far-away states (Alaska and California), islands (Puerto Rico), and to chaplaincies at prisons and hospitals.

Consider Fr. Charles J. Davis, who has been sent all across the US, to FL, AL, AK, MD, PA, CA, NY and GA.

–Apparently, if we are to believe Camden church officials, over the past two years, not a single credible child sex abuse report was made against a single Camden New Jersey priest, nun, seminarian, brother, monk or bishop.

We know this because, as best we can tell, there’s been no update to the list since February 2019.

(Here’s a little-known fact about the Camden diocese. It was the first in the United State to face a RICO case and the first in the US in which a priest, Fr. Gary Hayes, sued his own bishop over abuse that Fr. Hayes suffered at the hands of two Camden clerics. https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/1993_06_10_Walsh_ThreeCharge_Joseph_McGarvey_3.htm

Horowitz Law represents victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you experienced sexual abuse in the Diocese of Camden by a priest or other employee, contact our office today. The Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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Is It Creepy or Worrisome? Don’t Delete It!

Has someone sent you a troubling text or e-mail that makes you wonder “Does this guy have a sexual problem?”

Or have you seen an inappropriate sexual posting on Instagram or other social media that makes you go “Yuk!”

We’re talking about words and pictures that don’t necessarily break the law, but that may indicate that the sender is sexually troubled.

Our advice: Please save it somehow, somewhere. You have no idea if it can help someone down the road.

He just seems like a creep to you now. But who knows what the future holds? Maybe he’ll be more than just creepy. In six months, maybe he’ll be arrested for punching his wife. Or be jailed for rape. Or be sued by someone he ‘crossed the line’ sexually in some way.

And that message or posting or picture you have or have seen might just be THE piece of evidence that could be extraordinarily helpful for police, prosecutors, civil attorneys and of course, for the victim herself or himself.

So for the safety of others, don’t assume that a creep will remain a creep. He may well escalate into criminal behavior and your information might help get him prosecuted or convicted.

Bad guys can close their social media accounts. Your cell phone may be lost, stolen or be broken. Things on the internet aren’t necessarily preserved for eternity.

So, again, please play it safe: if you have a disturbing picture, phrase or tidbit of information, one that’s potentially indicative of a sick personality or a propensity to hurt others, save it.

Take a screen shot, save a text to your hard drive, print and file a website page, do whatever you can to keep it.

Why are we bringing this up now? One answer: NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Watson faces 19 pending lawsuits alleging sexual crimes against massage therapists. But he has also been accused of deleting Instagram messages and posts that could be incriminating to him.  And he reportedly is contacting his victims directly and offering settlements. If the messages and posts are deleted and they have not been saved by others, these potential pieces of evidence could be permanently lost.

Victims, civil attorneys and law enforcement officials are obviously afraid Watson is getting rid of material that could get him successfully prosecuted or sued.

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/texans-deshaun-watson-allegedly-deleting-instagram-messages-trying-settle-cases-lawsuit-states

Many offenders do this of course. Some have no doubt escaped consequences because not enough evidence against them was available.

But like other suspected offenders, Watson cannot make every questionable message disappear if those he’s been in touch with are safety conscious and save that material.

Put another way, with all due respect, we suspect that you aren’t a detective or prosecutor. So you can’t possibly know for certain what information might help them do their jobs.

Similarly, you’re probably not a veteran journalist. So you can’t possibly know for sure what information might be able to help a reporter expose a predator or enabler through a news outlet.

And you likely aren’t a civil lawyer. So you can’t possibly know for sure what information might enable a victim and his/her attorney to seek justice in court (and thereby get a predator’s name into the public eye, which helps prevent abuse and find other victims).

Finally, please don’t assume that whatever you know or suspect is probably known by others and that they have already contacted law enforcement.

If a creep has sent inappropriate texts or taken inappropriate pictures or you or someone you know, it’s likely he’s done it to others before. But you can’t safely assume that one of them has contacted police or prosecutors. In fact, it’s best to assume the opposite, and then to save and send that information on to legal authorities.

Remember: very few people who see, suffer or suspect crime or misdeeds report them. So the safe bet is NOT to assume others have already taken action. Take action yourself. And a good place to start is using that “SAVE” function.

Horowitz Law files civil lawsuits on behalf of persons who were sexually assaulted and sexually abused. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or battery, 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.

Mr. Ted Russell – Diocese of Rochester

Mr. Ted Russell

Diocese of Rochester / Lay Teacher

Assignment History:

  • 1970 – 1995: St. Michael School and Church (Penn Yan, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Ted Russell:

Mr. Ted Russell was a lay teacher at St. Michael’s Church and School for 25 years. According to a letter sent to parents and church members in 2003 from the Diocese of Rochester, Russell left St. Michael’s in 1995 after he was accused of sexual abuse.  As a result of the allegation, Russell’s teaching license was revoked by the State of New York.

The letter says that Russell, who has since died, was accused again in 2003 of abusing a second former student.  According to media reports, the second allegation involved a junior-high age student at St. Michael’s who says Russell abused him in the late 1980s.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.    Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

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Jesus Baca – Ft. Lauderdale Massage Therapist Disciplined for Sexual Misconduct

On March 22, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Jesus Baca in response to a report of sexual misconduct during a massage he performed at a spa in Fort Lauderdale. The Order prohibits Jesus Baca from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  The Emergency Order was entered in response to a sexual misconduct complaint by a female client. Baca has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since January 2012. 

Jesus Baca was employed at a Tiffany Beauty Spa located at 1507 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. On February 9, 2021, Mr. Baca was hired to provide a 60-minute massage to a 46-year old female client.  During the massage, Baca allegedly removed the client’s towel that was covering her vagina and pulled her underwear to the side. He then rubbed her vagina and clitoris with his fingers. The client told Baca to stop, and she got dressed. She then reported the sexual abuse to the receptionist. She left the spa in tears.

When clients schedule a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.  Clients of massage therapists are placed in isolated, vulnerable settings where they can be subject to abuse by their massage therapists. Due to the potential for abuse that is inherent under those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage salons and spas. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, 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 for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Fr. Leonard Spanburgh – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Leonard Spanburgh

Archdiocese of Newark

Leonard Spanburgh Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1959

Died: 1983

Assignment History:

  • 1960 – 1963: St. Joseph of Palisades Church – West New York, NJ
  • 1965-1983: St. Catherine of Siena Church – Cedar Grove, NJ

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Leonard Spanburgh:

In 2020, a lawsuit was filed against the Archdiocese of New Jersey.  In the suit, Father Leonard Spanburgh was accused of sexually abusing an altar boy on at least eight occasions from 1970 to 1973 when the boy was nine to thirteen years old. At the time of the abuse, Fr. Spanburgh was assigned to St. Catherine of Siena Church in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. The victim alleges that Spanburgh provided him with alcohol on each occasion and would fondle his penis and testicles. He was also abused during overnight trips to Lake Hopatcong in the 1970s. Father Spanburgh died in 1983.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 Jersey and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Basil Akut – Archdiocese of New York

Father Basil Akut

Archdiocese of New York

Basil Akut Horowitz Law

Assignment History:

  • Our Lady Star of the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Basil Akut:

In March 2021, another Staten Island priest was accused of sexual abuse in a lawsuit filed in the state Supreme Court in Manhattan against New York’s Archdiocese. According to the suit, in 2015, Father Basil Akut began weekly counseling to a recently divorced woman when working at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. Over four years, Akut showered the woman with compliments, text, and calls and would spend “an inordinate amount of time” with her, the court documents claim.

Things escalated in January of 2018 when Akut confessed he was in love with the woman and by the fall of that year. Akut told her that he loved her and fantasized about her sexually, the suit alleges. It stated that Akut told the victim he thinks about her naked and wanted to touch and kiss her.

In mid-October 2018, during one of their weekly counseling sessions, Akut forced a kiss on her while pushing her against a counter, the court documents claim. On another occasion, the victim took a sleeping pill to help with her insomnia, and Akut called her to come to the rectory. When she did, Akut groped her, kissed her, and sexually abuse her. The lawsuit says Akut held the victim’s hands behind her back and raped her. Since the abuse, the victim suffers from vivid nightmares, guilt, shame, and embarrassment, the suit claims.

In March 2021, the advocacy group, SNAP, is calling upon the Archbishop of New York to remove Akut from ministry at Our Lady Star of the Sea R.C.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of New York 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.