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Report Inappropriate Touch by Massage Therapists to the Department of Health or Other Licensing Agency

Had a bad massage experience? Here’s an unusual suggestion.

If you’ve gotten a massage and suffered any inappropriate conduct (uncomfortable touch, suggestive remarks, unusual requests), you’ve likely considered calling the police or a civil attorney.

Good for you. But few ever think about contacting the health department in the state where the therapist is licensed.

Here are four reasons why you should consider this step:

–Sometimes police or prosecutors are overworked and can’t move very quickly to expose a wrongdoer. And until an offender is publicly exposed, he’s still a risk to others. Health departments can sometimes more take action quickly.

–In many statesthe Department of Health or Board of Massage Therapy can impose remedies like yanking a therapist’s license, suspending him or her, and issuing a public reprimand.

–Sometimes, these sanctions become a public record and are publicized by news media, thus warning other unsuspecting massage clients.

–Many victims feel better once they’ve taken steps to protect others. (And sometimes, inaction leads to nagging thoughts of “What if he’s still hurting others?)

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Finally, if you’ve never had a massage, or a creepy experience during a massage, you may well know others who have. It’s a billion dollar industry and one in four adults have had a massage just within the past year.

So you can help just by asking friends and family “Hey has a massage therapist ever made you feel awkward or uncomfortable?

If the answer is yes, tell them “I believe you and will support you no matter how you choose to handle this.” Listen intently to them. Assure them that however they reacted to the abuse at the time is understandable. Discourage them from ‘kicking themselves’ about not responding in a different way.

And gently urge them to consider reaching out to independent sources of help: therapists, police, prosecutors, health officials and attorneys.

Over the years, Horowitz law has pursued cases like this in many massage chains, including Massage Envy, Hand & Stone, Massage Green, Massage LuXe, Elements Massage, Massage Heights, and many other locations.  https://adamhorowitzlaw.com/who-we-sue/massage-therapists-spas/

New Tool May Identify Pedophiles in Online Chats

Ready for some good news? Here is an encouraging new developments you may have missed:

–“On the basis of words and patterns of speech,” Microsoft has “created an automated system to detect sexual predators trying to groom children online.”

https://www.technologyreview.com/f/615033/microsoft-has-created-a-tool-to-find-pedophiles-in-online-chats/?utm_campaign=site_visitor.unpaid.engagement&utm_source

Let’s hope this works, works well, and spreads quickly. (At the same time, however, let no one get complacent and assume any new or improved technology can ever take the place of involved and vigilant parents and loved ones.)

At the risk of sounding ‘preachy,’ we must remember that ALL OF US have a duty to protect the vulnerable. When we choose to adopt, as our default posture, supporting those who report sexual violence (instead of being overly skeptical), we are indeed helping to both protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

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Massage Envy Therapist Ray Vontae Brown Arrested in Riverside for Sexual Battery of Client

Ray Vontae Brown, a massage therapist at Massage Envy in Riverside, California was arrested on October 15, 2019 on misdemeanor sexual battery charges.  According to law enforcement records, it is alleged that a female customer reported that Brown inappropriately touched her during a massage session.  The customer immediately reported the alleged incident to Massage Envy and then to law enforcement.  The sexual assault is alleged to have occurred at Massage Envy located at 19029 Van Buren Boulevard in Riverside.

Brown is twenty-three years old and has been a massage therapist since 2018.   Investigators have discovered a possible second victim.  Ray Vontae Brown is no longer employed with Massage Envy.  Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Riverside Police Department.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have a been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage at Massage Envy or any other spa, 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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Lawsuit Filed Against Diocese of Venice for Alleged Sexual Assault by Father Nicholas McLoughlin

Horowitz Law has filed a lawsuit in Sarasota County on behalf of an adult female client alleging that she was sexually assaulted in April 2018 by Diocese of Venice priest Nicholas McLoughlin in the confessional at Our Lady of Grace in Avon Park, Florida.  McLoughlin, known to parishioners as “Father Nick”, was the Pastor at Our Lady of Grace at the time of the alleged incident.

According to the Complaint, at the start of confession, Father McLoughlin abruptly stood up, approached the parishioner and reached out to touch her.  As he reached out to touch her, she thought that Father McLoughlin was going to make the sign of the cross on her forehead.  Much to her surprise and dismay, Father McLoughlin proceeded to forcefully grope L.B.’s right breast and aggressively kiss her.  She yelled at Father McLoughlin to stop and she struggled to break away from his power grip.

This is not the first time that Father Nicholas McLoughlin has been accused of sexual misconduct.  In November 2018, the Diocese of Venice announced that McLoughlin was being placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into a complaint alleging that he molested a child at Corpus Christi Parish in Temple Terrace, Florida in the 1970’s.  At that time, McLoughlin would have been under the supervision of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

Additionally, in 1997, McLoughlin was named as a co-defendant in a lawsuit, in which the Catholic Diocese of Venice agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a suit with a former Port Charlotte altar boy who was molested by Nicholas McLoughlin’s brother, Ed McLoughlin, then assistant pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church where Nicholas McLoughlin was pastor at the time.  The choir director was also accused of molestation.

Nicholas McLoughlin served as pastor of Corpus Christi Parish, Temple Terrace from 1973 to 1982. He previously served as associate pastor of St. John Vianney, St. Pete Beach and pastor of Bishop Barry and Notre Dame High Schools in St. Petersburg from June 1972 to August 1973.  He was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Grace in March 2007.

Horowitz Law files civil lawsuits representing children and adults who were victims of sexual abuse by priests, ministers, rabbis, deacons, nuns, or other clergy of any faith. 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 a confidential email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

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Sleep Study Technician Faces Criminal Charges for Sexually Assaulting Patients During Sleep Studies

Sleep study technician Andrew Chickoree is facing criminal charges in Pasco County, Florida after two female patients separately accused him of touching them in a sexual manner at two sleep study locations.  Chickoree, age 52, was arrested and charged with one count of sexual battery and one count of battery.  Both women reported that they were touched in a sexual manner during overnight sleep studies.  The criminal charges involve alleged incidents in New Port Richey and Zephyrhills, where Chickoree worked as a sleep technician.  The incident in New Port Richey occurred at the Pasco Sleep Center in August 2019 while the incident in Zephyrhills occurred at the Florida Medical Clinic Sleep Lab. Chickoree was employed by N2 Breathing, LLC as a Polysomnographic Technologist.

These incidents are an egregious breach of trust.  People go to health care professionals to be healed and not to be harmed.  Any victims of Andrew Chickoree should contact law enforcement to report this incident as soon as possible.

Horowitz Law represents one of the alleged victims of Andrew Chickoree and is interested in speaking to any witnesses, victims or whistle-blowers who may have additional information concerning this matter.

Horowitz Law files lawsuits on behalf of people who were sexually assaulted at a healthcare facility.  If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by a doctor, nurse, or any other health care professional, 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.

 

 

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Coral Springs Gym Volunteer Sentenced to Prison for Molesting Gymnastics Students

Leonardo Suarez Alvarez, a 53-year old volunteer at Twins Gymnastics in Coral Springs, has been sentenced to 18 months in state prison and placed on sex offender probation for molesting five girls between the ages of 7 and 10 who were enrolled at the gym.  He pleaded guilty to give counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under 12 years old.  He is expected to be deported to his native country, Ecuador, after the completion of his prison sentence.

At the time of the molestation, Twins Gymnastics was owned by twin sisters Maria Elena and Maria del Carmen Suarez.  Leonardo Suarez Alvarez is the brother of the gym’s owners.  Suarez Alvarez was accused of multiple acts of molestation over a two year period prior to his arrest in September 2018.  Each of the girls reported that Suarez Alvarez caressed their breasts over their clothing. One of the victims, 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.  The police reports stated that Leonardo Suarez Alvarez volunteered to clean the gym and also drive the kids to classes at the gym.

Twins Gymnastics is located at 1297 North University Drive in Coral Springs. The gym’s website formerly marketed the gym as providing 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 e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

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Ex-Archdiocese of Philadelphia Priest Arrested for Molestation of Two Altar Boys

The criminal justice system may have finally caught up with former Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic priest, Francis “Frank” Trauger.  The ex-priest was charged today with sexually assaulting two altar boys at St. Michael the Archangel in Tullytown, Pennsylvania.  In one case, the abuse is reported t o have occurred bettween 1995 and 1997 when the victim was between 11 and 13 years old.  The other child was 12 years old when he was abused in the early 2000’s. Both victims were abused by Trauger at St. Michael the Archangel in the sacristy, where altar boys and priest robe before mass.  Trauger had worked at that parish from 1993 to 2003.

Trauger, now 74 years old, was ordained in 1972 and served in at least ten parishes in his thirty years as a priest. Trauger was removed from the priesthood in 2003.  A grand jury subpoena of Trauger’s file revealed he was removed following an admission that he molested three boys. He was ultimately laicized in 2005.  But during his years as a priest, Trauger was the subject of multiple abuse complaints ranging from molesting boys he took to a motel in the Poconos to stalking a student at St. John Neumann High School.  Trauger was re-assigned multiple times in the Philadelphia region after the allegations he sexually assaulted boys. He ended up at the Tullytown parish in 1993 and was only removed after his files were subpoenaed by the grand jury in late 2003.   He served in parishes in Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montgomery counties.

Adam Horowitz, an attorney representing dozens of victims of clergy sexual abuse in Philadelphia including victims of Frank Trauger, commended the young men for their courage in coming forward and called for reform to the civil statute of limitations to allow these victims to receive the justice they deserve and have the opportunity to expose not only Trauger but also those in the Archdiocese who were reckless in continuing to assign Trauger to parishes full of innocent children long after they were aware of his unlawful sexual behaviors.

Dept of Health Files Complaint Against Tampa Massage Therapist Alleging Sexual Misconduct

The Florida Department of Health filed an Administrative Complaint on August 8, 2019 accusing massage therapist Alexander Aden of committing sexual misconduct with a female client during a massage therapy appointment.  The incident is alleged to have happened at the Massage LuXe located at 1706 South Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, Florida.  In recent years, several massage therapists working at Massage LuXe locations throughout Florida have been cited for alleged sexual misconduct.

Alexander Aden has been licensed as a massage therapist since July 2016.  According to the Complaint, during the massage,Aden removed his client’s panties and rubbed her vagina.  He is then alleged to have have placed his client’s hand on his clothed penis.  Removing a patient’s panties, rubbing a patient’s vagina, and placing a patient’s hand on a therapist’s clothed penis are outside the scope of practice of massage therapy.

All sexual activity involving a massage therapist and client is strictly prohibited in Florida.  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 these circumstances,
massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy and must refrain from placing their clients in situations that violate their safety and welfare.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted at Massage LuXe or any other massage location, please call our office at 1-888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options.

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Jacksonville Massage Therapist Disciplined by Dept of Health Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

The Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order on August 5, 2019 restricting the license of massage therapist Anthony Nicholas Green in response to an allegation that he sexually assaulted a female client.  The incident is alleged to have occurred at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Jacksonville, Florida.  In recent years, massage therapists working at Hand & Stone locations throughout Florida have been cited repeatedly for alleged sexual misconduct.

Anthony Green has been licensed as a massage therapist since 2014.  According to the Emergency Order, Anthony Green  inserted his ginger into his client’s vagina without her consent during the massage appointment. The Emergency Order states Anthony Green’s sexual misconduct “constitutes an immediate, serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida.”  As a result of the Order, Green may not practice massage therapy on female clients.

All sexual activity involving a massage therapist and client is strictly prohibited in Florida.  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 these circumstances,
massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy and must refrain from placing their clients in situations that violate their safety and welfare.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa or any other massage location, please call our office at 1-888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options.

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July 31 is Deadline for Victims to Register Clergy Abuse Claims in Three Pennsylvania Dioceses

July 31, 2019 is the registration deadline for anyone seeking compensation for a sexual abuse claim against clergy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Diocese of Pittsburgh, or Diocese of Scranton.

The compensation fund is available to victims seeking compensation for sexual abuse occurring when they were a child.  All survivors of clergy abuse are eligible regardless of how many years ago the abuse occurred.  While the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Diocese of Pittsburgh compensation programs only allow claims against Diocesan priests, the Diocese of Scranton also allows for claims against priests from Religious Orders and lay people such as Catholic school teachers and coaches.  If you have any questions about the Compensation Fund, contact Horowitz Law for more information about these claim funds. Our law firm has assembled on this website the most comprehensive database of perpetrators of sexual abuse in the dioceses of Pennsylvania that is available anywhere.  We have identified more perpetrators than any other source.

In certain cases, the claims process may involve gathering church sacrament records, school records, witness statements, counseling/therapy records, or photographs to support your claim. For that reason, it is critical you do not wait until the deadline to register your claim.  It is also essential that you hire an attorney who has previously handled cases involving the compensation programs in Pennsylvania to protect yourself and your rights under the claims fund.

The claims funds are voluntary and confidential.  After the funds close on July 31, the overwhelming majority of victims of sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Diocese of Pittsburgh, and Diocese of Scranton will no have no legal recourse against those who hurt them because Pennsylvania law requires most civil claims to be brought before the victims turn 25, or in some cases, 30, years old.  This means that most victims of clergy sexual abuse will have no other options after July 31.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in Pennsylvania. If you need an attorney because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at 1-888-283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options today.