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Department of Health Alleges Sexual Misconduct by Therapist at The Standard Spa in Miami Beach

The Florida Department of Health has issued an Emergency Order on October 29, 2018 restricting the massage therapy license of Marco Davila alleging he committed sexual misconduct complaint on two female clients at The Standard Spa in Miami Beach.   The Standard Spa is located at 40 Island Avenue in Miami Beach at the Standard Hotel.   As a result of the Emergency Order, Marco Davila may not practice massage therapy on female clients.  Davila has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since February 2017.

According to a Complaint filed by the Department of Health, on January 1, 2018, Davila performed a massage on a patient M.H., an adult female, at the Standard.  During the massage, Davila allegedly exposed patient M.H.’s breasts and vagina, without her consent.  He then rubbed patient M.H.’s breasts without her consent.  He also attempted to touch Patient M.H.’s vagina with his hand, without her consent, according to the Complaint.   On May 22, 2018, Davila performed a massage on patient M.M., an adult female, at the Standard.  During the massage, Davila exposed Patient M.M.’s breasts and vagina, without her consent.  Davila also rubbed Patient M.M.’s breasts and nipples, without her consent, according to the Complaint.

We have handled sexual misconduct cases involving incidents at Massage Envy, Hand & Stone, Massage Green, Massage LuXe, Elements Massage, Massage Heights, and many other locations.  In some cases, Adam Horowitz has represented multiple victims of a single massage therapist.  It is often the case that after one client comes forward with her account that additional victims of the same perpetrator gain the courage and strength to come forward as well.  There is strength in numbers and having the courage to expose your perpetrator may provide support to other victims in telling their story.

All sexual contact by massage therapists during a professional setting is prohibited.  For instance, Section 480.0485, Florida Statutes, provides as follows:

Sexual misconduct in the practice of massage therapy. — The massage therapist-patient relationship is founded on mutual trust. Sexual misconduct in the practice of massage therapy means violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship through which the massage therapist uses that relationship to induce or attempt to induce the patient to engage, or to engage or attempt to engage the patient, in sexual activity outside the scope of practice or the scope of generally accepted examination or treatment of the patient. Sexual misconduct in the practice of massage therapy is prohibited.

Hollywood Massage Therapist’s License Restricted Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

The Florida Department of Health has issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Aitor Aizpurua of Massage Envy in downtown Hollywood, Florida.  The Emergency Order was issued in response to a female client’s sexual misconduct claim.  Aizpurua is accused of committing sexual misconduct at the Hollywood Massage Envy during an appointment on July 14, 2018.  He has been licensed as a Massage Therapist in Florida since 2017 according to the Department of Health website.

According to the Order, a female patient presented to Massage Envy with upper body pain. The patient
provided written consent for her upper body to be massaged, but did not consent for her lower body to be massaged.  Mr. Aizpurua was assigned to perform a massage on the patient.  During the session, Mr. Aizpurua complimented the patient’s physical appearance and her skin.  Mr. Aizpurua told the patient that he was going to try some “Thai message”’. techniques on her to assist with her pain.  Such techniques were not offered by Massage Envy, nor considered acceptable for its employees to perform.  While the patient was lying face down on the message table, Mr. Aizpurua climbed up on the table and positioned his body on top of hers.  While performing the “Thai massage” techniques, Mr. Aizpurua pressed his penis against the patient’s back and it became erect.  The patient felt Mr. Aizpurua’s erection pressing against her back.  Mr. Aizpurua continued to perform the “Thai massage” techniques on the patient after his penis became erect, and did not disengage from the massage or leave the room.  The patient felt uncomfortable about Mr. Aizpurua’s behavior and told Mr. Aizpurua that she did not want to be face down anymore.  Mr. Aizpurua then got down off the table and began to massage the patient’s inner thigh, without her consent.  After massaging the patient inner thigh, Mr. Aizpurua quickly massaged her head and then ended the massage.  Although the patient paid for a full hour massage, it lasted only a
few minutes.  The patient reported the incident to the manager of Massage Envy.  The same day, Massage Envy terminated Mr. Aizpurua’s employment due to his inappropriate behavior.

Patients 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 these circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely and professionally practice massage therapy. Massage therapists must also practice according to the standard of care established for their profession.

All massage therapists in Florida are licensed by the Florida Department of Health.  Other states have similar licensing boards.  If your massage therapist ever makes any sexual contact with you, it is a violation of professional ethics and may be a crime.  It could also provide the basis for a civil lawsuit against the spa or employer of the therapist.  In addition to reporting misconduct to law enforcement, if this incident occurs in Florida you can also lodge a complaint with the Department of Health at this website: https://www.flhealthcomplaint.gov

If you have a been a victim of sexual assault in a spa or during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

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SEXUALLY ABUSED BY A PRIEST OF DIOCESE OF METUCHEN? TALK TO A LAWYER TODAY

Our law firm is offering free confidential evaluation of clergy sexual abuse claims involving priests of the Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey.  We have been handling clergy abuse cases against Catholic Dioceses for many years and handled numerous compensation claims on behalf of abuse victims.  Contact us today at 954-641-2100 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to find out if you are eligible for compensation.

The Diocese of Metuchen includes the New Jersey counties of Middlesex, Somerset, Huntedon, and Warren.  It is estimated to include at least 650,000 Catholics.  Since its establishment in 1991 (from terrirtory that had been the northern portion of the Diocese of Trenton), the Diocese of Metuchen has been home to some of the most notorious priests alleged to have committed child sexual abuse. Those facts are now coming to light and any victims of abuse by priests may now be able to receive financial compensation for what occurred.  Indeed, the Diocese of Metuchen recently announced plans for an independent compensation fund to support sexual abuse victims.

The Diocese of Metuchen’s list of Catholic priests who have previously been accused of sexual abuse include:

Father John M. Banko – He was removed from the active ministry in 2000 and later convicted of abusing multiples boys; Abused committed at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Milford.  Also served in Hillsbrough Township and was Pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Montgomery from 1982 to 1989.

Father John Butler – After working in Veirgnia and New York, his assignment schedule in New JErsey was as follows: 1970-1974: Saints Philip and James, Phillipsburg, NJ; 1974-1975: St. Barnabas, Bayville, NJ; 1975-1978: St. Thomas the Apostle, Old Bridge, NJ; 1978-1979: St. Robert Bellarmine, Freehold, NJ; 1980: Unknown; 1980-1984: St. John Vianney, Colonia, NJ; 1985-1986: Unknown; 1986-2002: St. John Vianney, Colonia, NJ; 2002: Removed from ministry on April 11, 2012 by Diocese of Metuchen after accused of abuse in Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Father John J. Casey – Former priest at St. Joseph parish in North Planifield and St. Peter the Apostle parish in New Brunswick

Father Michael J. Cashman – Irish-born priest who served at  St. Ambrose Church in Old Bridge in late 1970’s and early 1980’s.  Also worked at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Woodbridge. Previously served as  associate pastor of Our Lady of God Counsel parish in West Trenton and then as an associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Spotswood.

Monsignor Raymond L. Cole – Former Pastor of St. Joseph in Hillsborough, New Jersey. In 2015 Cole, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Millstone Borough, was found not guilty by a church tribunal of sexually abusing a child in South Amboy in the late 1970s.

Father Eugene Corbesero – (Consolata Society for Foreign Missions in Somerset, New Jersey).  He also worked in Michgan, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and North Carolina.

Father Mark Dolak – accused of abuse of male and female parishioners; served at Our Lady of Peace school in Fords, New Jersey.

Father Kevin P. Duggan – served at St. James Parish in Woodbridge; also treat for alcoholism

Father George A. Farrell – served at St. Joseph in North Plainfield, New Jersey and St. Matthew in Edison; also served at churches and schools in Piscataway, New Brunswick and Sayreville.  Taught at St. Pius X Regional High School in Piscatway and was campus minister at St. Peter the Apostle High School in New Brunswick.

Father John C. Giordano – worked at St. Luke’s Church in North Plainfield; retired in 2007; He was replaced by the Rev. Gregory Uhrig who was removed in 2010 following allegations he sexually abused a child in Pennsylvania 30 years earlier.

Father John Huels (Religious Order priest from the Servites) – also worked in Ottawa, Canada.  Huels admitted in 2002 to abusing a boy at St. Joseph’s in Carteret NJ in the Trenton diocese.

Father Patrick J. Kuffner – Also worked at Sacred Heart School in Staten Island, New York.  Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Virgin in Middlesex when he was suspended.  Ordained in May 2002, served as parochial vicar at St. Bartholomew Parish in East Brunswick until 2005. He then became administrator and then pastor of Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish in Middlesex. Before becoming ordained, Kuffner served as a transitional deacon at Queenship of Mary Parish in Plainsboro, New Jersey.

Father Gregory J. Littleton –  Also served in Charlotte, North Carolina

Father Michael P. Santillo – Convicted of molesting multiple boys; Sentenced in November 1999 for molesting a 13-year-old altar boy in 1987 at the rectory of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Prior to resigining in 1992, Father Santillo worked in nine churches in the Metuchen and Trenton dioceses.  When he was arrested in August 1997, he was an administrative assistant at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Schenectady, New York/

Father John B. Spalding (Religious Order priest from Brothers of the Sacred Heart) 

Father Gregory Uhrig – former pastor of St. Luke Roman Catholic Parish in North Plainfield; also served at St. John the Baptist in Whitehall, Pa., a suburb of Allentown, PA and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Readington Township in Hunterdon County

Father Tomas Adam Zielinski – pleaded guilty; served at Christ King Church in Manville, New Jersey/

The Diocese of Metuchen reports having paid out 1.5 million dollars to victims of clergy sexual abuse since its formation.  According to a New York Times story in 2003, the Diocese of Metuchen paiud $800,000 in 2003 to settle ten sexual abuse cases involving give priests — Father John M. Banko, Mosnignor Michael Cashman, Father John Butler (former pastor at St. John Vianney Church in Colonia, New Jersey), Father Mark Dolak, and Father Michael Santillo.  A separate case accusing Father Cahsman of sexual abuse settled for $140,000 in 2007.  The Diocese of Metuchen also paid over $53,000 toward settlements involving Cardinal McCarrick according to reports in 2018.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing sexual abuse victims of Catholic priests and other clergy of the Diocese of Metuchen.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abuse by a priest in New Jersey contact our office.  Although many years have passed, people who have been sexually abused by priests of the Diocese of Metuchen can finally submit a claim for compensation.  Contact attorney Adam Horowitz at 954-641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to find out how to submit your claim today.

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Archdiocese of Philadelphia Sets Aside Millions for Clergy Abuse Claims

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has set aside at least 25 million dollars to compensate clergy abuse victims and has begun mailing claims packets to 340 people who have previously reported abuse to the Archdiocese.  If you receive a packet from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia alerting you of the claims process, please contact our office to discuss your legal options. If you choose to accept a settlement offer from the compensation fund, you would be giving up a valuable right to sue the Archdiocese if lawmakers in Pennsylvania ever lift the statute of limitations.  This is a decision that should only be made in consultation with a lawyer.

Beginning in 2019, the Archdiocese will also allow abuse victims who have not previously reported their abuse to the Archdiocese to submit claims as well.  The Archdiocese’s fund for reparations to victims mirrors similar funds in New York state and comes on the heels of a scathing Grand Jury reported that identified approximately 300 Pennsylvania priests who sexually abuse over one thousand children over a period of decades. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia as well as the Diocese of Pittsburgh Scranton, Allentown, Erie, Harrisburg, Greensburg have all announced compensation plans.  The Philadelphia Archdiocese, which includes the city and Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties, was the first to announce details concerning its compensation plan.  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is requiring those who want to apply to the compensation fund to register by the end of July 2019 and file by the end of September.  A typical claim to the compensation fund will include supporting materials ranging from parish records, confirmation records,w school records, photographs, and/or medical and counseling records and witness statement.  Our lawyers and investigators work on behalf of clients to gather witness statement and other evidence to assist in the verification of the claim.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by Diocesan priests in Pennsylvania.  We have already begun hearing from numerous claimants throughout Pennsylvania.   If you or someone you know was the victim of sexual abuse by a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please contact Adam Horowitz via e-mail at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call 954-641-2100.

 

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Massage Therapist’s License Restricted Due to Sexual Misconduct Claim

The Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy has issued an Emergency Order restricting the license of Chanse Travers in response to a sexual misconduct claim involving Travers’ employment at MassageLuXe in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.  As a result of the Order, Travers is immediately prohibited from practicing massage therapy on female clients.

According to the Order, Travers used the massage therapist-patient relationship to engage or attempt to engage a patient in sexual activity when he exposed  and rubbed the patient’s breasts and nipples without her consent and asked to suck on her nipples.  The patient reported the alleged misconduct immediately after the appointment. This incident is reported to have occurred at the MassageLuXe located at 8378 Market Street in Lakewood Ranch, Florida on August 10, 2018.  Travers’ employment at MassageLuXe was terminated on account of this claim.  Travers has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since 2009 according to Department of Health records.

We commend this alleged victim for having the courage to come forward to report this incident.  Patients 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 these circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character
in order to safely and professionally practice massage therapy.

If you have a been a victim of sexual assault in a spa or during a massage at Massage Envy, MassageLuXe, Hand & Stone, or any other location offering a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

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Clermont Doctor Arrested for Sexual Battery of Teenage Patient

Clermont, Florida doctor Matthew Johnson has been arrested on charges he sexually battered a 16-year old female patient during an acupuncture procedure.  According to law enforcement records, Matthew David Johnson allegedly placed his fingers in his teenage patient’s vagina and then put his mouth on her vagina. Johnson is an acupuncturist renting space at One Yoga and Fitness in Clermont, where the molestation allegedly occurred.  The teenage girl had been a patient of the Dr. Johnson for a few weeks but this was the first time he violated her according to police records.  Matthew Johnson, age 48, has been a licensed acupuncturist in the State of Florida since 2011.  He was arrested by the Clermont Police Department on a felony charge at his home in Groveland on October 31, 2018.  Police records say Johnson had a prior arrest for sexual battery on victim under 12 years old and a kidnapping charge.

In a national investigation, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution examined documents that described disturbing acts of physician sexual abuse in every state. Rapes by OB/GYNs, seductions by psychiatrists, fondling by anesthesiologists and ophthalmologists, and molestations by pediatricians and radiologists.  Victims included babies, adolescents, senior citizens, drug addicts, and jail inmates.  But it could be anyone. Some patients were sedated when they were sexually assaulted. Others didn’t realize at first what had happened because the doctor improperly touched them or photographed them while pretending to do a legitimate medical exam.  Too often hospitals and health care organizations will brush off accusations or quietly push doctors out, the investigation found, without reporting them to police or licensing agencies.  We commend this alleged victim for having the courage to come forward.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have a lawyer experienced in these matters. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnelIf you have a been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

 

 

 

Officials at Orthodox Day School SAR Academy Knew of Sexual Abuse of Twelve Students

A report to the Board of Trustees at SAR Academy, a Modern Orthodox Jewish day school in the Bronx, reveals that school official knew of sexual abuse allegations against assistant principal and teacher Stanley Rosenfed.  Rosenfeld is reported to have abused at least a dozen of the school’s students.

Stanley Rosenfeld, now 84 years old, is a convicted sex offender and has admitted to molesting hundreds of boys throughout his life, including at SAR, according to the report.  Rosenfeld would abuse young boys from SAR by inviting them to his home for Shabbat, where they would sleep over for one or two nights. At night, he would hover over their beds and fondle their genitals or other parts of their bodies. Some former students said Rosenfeld would stop the abuse after boys made it clear that it made them uncomfortable. Others reported laying motionless until the ordeal ended. Former students said the abuse caused them emotional suffering.

“One former student explained that during the night, he awoke to Rosenfeld’s hands on the former student’s penis inside the former student’s pajama bottoms, that Rosenfeld quickly removed them and then justified his presence in the twinbedded room where the boys were sleeping by saying that he heard the former student make a noise and wanted to check on him,” the report said.

The report also says that former students remember feeling as if Rosenfeld had drugged them while sleeping at his house. During those sleepovers, the report says, former students remember Rosenfeld urging them to wrestle with him while both he and the student were in their underwear. Rosenfeld would use the wrestling as a way to molest the boys. He also molested boys on the weekend retreat he would hold after they graduated from the eighth grade.

Rosenfeld, according to the report, also would abuse boys while at school, in addition to molesting at least one girl there. He asked a student to sit on his lap, where he fondled him, and also drew close to students or would corner them in public spaces before molesting them. In addition, the report says he physically abused students, slamming them against the wall and, in one case, grabbing a student’s face and putting it in the snow.

“Some of these students also reported that they heard their classmates talk about Rosenfeld and comment that they had also been touched or fondled by him and heard others more generally joke with one another about Rosenfeld’s fondling of boys,” the report says.

The report found that at least one faculty member alerted the principal at the time, Rabbi Sheldon Chwat, that she had seen Rosenfeld touch a boy’s groin in a school office. In addition, the investigation found that two parents of former students may have told SAR administrators about Rosenfeld’s misconduct, though no parents reported that directly to the investigators. Chwat left the school in 1983 and died in 2014.

It is unclear whether Rosenfeld left the school in 1977 due to these reports. But someone the report identifies as a “senior member” of SAR recalls Chwat saying that Rosenfeld was leaving because he was “the kind of person that has a proclivity or interest in students” and “not the person who should be with kids full time.”

Regardless, Rosenfeld was rehired to teach sixth-grade language arts part time in 1986 for one year. SAR’s assistant principal at the time, Rabbi Joel Cohn, asked the principal at the time, Rabbi Yonah Fuld, if there were any concerns regarding Rosenfeld. Cohn recalled that Fuld, who had been an associate principal while Rosenfeld was employed at SAR, eventually said “for a short amount of time, I think it’s OK.”

Fuld does not recall that exchange, nor does he recall Rosenfeld returning to teach at the school, the report says. It is unclear whether the administrators who hired Rosenfeld in 1986 knew of the abuse allegations. Fuld no longer works at the school and now lives in Israel.

In addition to its findings on Rosenfeld, the report found that Rabbi Sheldon Schwartz, a Judaics teacher, acted inappropriately with at least four students during the 1970s. The report said Schwartz would wrestle with boys and also draw uncomfortably close with students and have them sit on his lap.

Schwartz, according to the report, also would act as an enabler for Rosenfeld’s abuse, urging students to stay with Rosenfeld for Shabbat while frequently staying there himself as well. Two former students said they separately told Schwartz that Rosenfeld had abused them — one following a Shabbat and the other immediately after the abuse occurred.

In both cases, the former students recall Schwartz telling them that the experience was a dream. In the latter case, Schwartz played board games with the student to calm him down.  Schwartz taught at SAR until January, when he was suspended pending the investigation. He was later fired and is now suing SAR for wrongful termination.

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Florida Attorney General Sets Up Website to Report Clergy Sexual Abuse

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has followed the lead of the Attorney General offices in other states by setting up a website for people to report past abuse by Catholic priests, clergy and other religious leaders in Florida.  The investigation will be aided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in reviewing the state’s seven Catholic Dioceses.  The link to the site can be found here:  http://myfloridalegal.com/contact.nsf/stopabuse

The website is part of Attorney General Bondi’s investigation of allegations of child sex abuse by priests from seven Catholic Dioceses in Florida: Archdiocese of Miami, Diocese of Palm Beach, Diocese of Orlando, Diocese of Venice, Diocese of St. Petersburg, Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, and Diocese of St. Augustine.   The Archdiocese of Miami issued a statement that it “welcomes these efforts.”  The Diocese of Palm Beach stated it “will fully engage with the Florida Attorney General” and is “pleased” that the Attorney General’s office is undertaking this efforts.  The Diocese of St. Augustine said it is “supportive of the investigation and the diocese will cooperate fully throughout the process.”  The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee released a statement saying it will “continue to cooperate with the statewide prosecutor in an investigation into the policies and procedures that have long been in place to provide a safe environment and to investigate allegations of misconduct with children.”

Analysis from Adam Horowitz

Adam Horowitz is an attorney for persons who have been sexual abused in Florida by priests and other clergy.  He has represented dozens of victims and filed numerous lawsuit on behalf of victims who were sexually abused in Florida.  He hailed this announcement by the Florida Attorney General as “a long overdue step in the march toward justice for all clergy sexual abuse victims.  It is well understood by now that child sexual abuse can result in a dramatic downward spiral for victims.  But when the perpetrator is a trusted member of the clergy, it is a particularly egregious breach of trust.  All of the Catholic Dioceses in Florida have had priests who sexually abused children.  It is time for all of the Dioceses in Florida to make public a list of all the credibly accused priests.”

To file a tip, visit MyFloridaLegal.com/StopAbuse. All information shared is confidential in accordance with  Florida public record laws.  Bondi stressed that the site is for reporting past abuse only, not current cases. The site is also not limited to abuse in the Catholic church.

Attorney Adam Horowitz represents children and adults who were victims of sexual abuse by a priest, minister, rabbi or other clergymen in civil lawsuits. 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 (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Cape Coral Pizza Shop Owner Harry Kaltsounis Sentenced to Jail for Child Abuse of Teen Workers

Harry Kaltsounis, the owner of Cape Coral’s Pizza Depot, has pleaded to guilty to charged that he sexually abused two underage employees at his pizza shop.  According to the Lee County State Attorney’s Office, Kaltsounis, 62, pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse and one count of battery for actions against two teenage girls who worked for him in 2017.  On October 1, 2018, Kaltsounis was sentenced to one year in Lee County Jail and 48 months of probation.

Kaltsounis owned Pizza Depot on SW Pine Island Road in Cape Coral.  The restaurant is now under new management.   According to the police records, Kaltsounis harassed the girls during their summer job by rubbing against them, requiring them to wear very short shorts, kissing them, groping their vaginal area over their clothing, and embarrassing them in front of other employees.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has many years of experience representing minors who were subjected to sexual abuse. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted in the workplace or anywhere else, it is important to have experienced legal counsel. Please call attorney Adam Horowitz at (954) 641-2100 or send an e-mail at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

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Five Girls Accuse Man at Twins Gymnastics in Coral Springs of Molestation

Five girls between the ages of 7 and 10 who were enrolled atTwins Gymnastics in Coral Springs have accused the gym owners’ brother, Leonardo Suarez Alvarez, of molestation over a two year period.  Twins Gymnastics is owned by twin sisters Maria Elena and Maria del Carmen Suarez.  The police reports stated that Leonardo Suarez Alvarez volunteered at the gym.  He would reportedly clean the gym and also drive the kids to classes at the gym.

Suarez Alvarez was arrested on September 27 on five charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under age 12.   He is being held in Broward County without bond as he is a citizen of Ecuador and prosecutors argued he is a flight risk.  The arrest report details similar allegations by all of the girls involving Alvarez touching their breasts over the clothing.   The reports states that a 10-year-old girl told Coral Springs detectives she reported the incidents involving the touching of the breast and vaginal area to “Ms. Maria,” one of the owners, and Maria told her she would tell her brother to stop.  However, the girl told police that Suarez Alvarez continued to touch her inappropriately and she witnessed him inappropriately touching other girls, as well.

Leonardo Suarez Alvarez is 52 years old and lives in Tamarac.  Twins Gymnastics is located at 1297 North University Drive in Coral Springs. According to the gym’s website (take down as of this date), it provide kids a “safe location” to “hang out after school.”

Like any other business, a gym is responsible for exercising care to protects the children under its supervision and must use due care in the retention and supervision of employees.  If the facts are that Twins Gymnastics allowed a volunteer to remain working at the gym after receiving a sexual misconduct complaint from a minor, an investigation in to whether Twins Gymnastics exercised adequate supervisions is certainly warranted.

Horowitz Law represents children who were sexually abused in connection with their participation in youth athletics.  If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by a youth coach, team leader, team administrator or sports team member, contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.