Category: Schools

Msgr. Edward Weber – Archdiocese of New York

Monsignor Edward Weber

Archdiocese of New York

Ordained: 1976

Removed: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Francis of Assisi (West Nyack, NY)
  • St. Margaret of Cortona (Bronx, NY)
  • St. Margaret Mary; St. Sylvester’s (Staten Island, NY)
  • St. Gregory Barbarigo Church (Garnerville, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Edward Weber:

Monsignor Edward Weber was the director of Priest Personnel Office in the archdiocese. He was a popular priest in the Hudson Valley, having served as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in West Nyack since 1994. Part of the church was named in his honor, an educational center for kids. He also served as regional vicar of Rockland County since 2002. He was named a monsignor in 2006, and had often been the representative of the archdiocese when dealing with sexual abuse. 

According to media reports, in October 2019, he was placed on administrative leave amid child sexual abuse allegations. He was named in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims act that he had raped, sodomized, fondled and had oral sex with a minor boy age 11-16 who was living in foster care, at least 150 times over a five year period starting in 1978 through 1983, while assigned to St. Sylvester’s on Staten Island.

The lawsuit stated that Monsignor Weber, who abused “many other young patrons of St. Sylvester Church,” would pin the boy down so that he could not move while Monsignor Weber violently raped him as the alleged victim “would cry and beg Weber to stop to no avail.”

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.

TAMPA BAY TECH COACH CHARGED WITH SEX WITH MINOR

TAMPA BAY TECH COACH ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITH STUDENT

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested Reginald Jamal Lawrence, the head coach of the Tampa Bay Technical High School girl’s basketball team on multiple charges of illegal sexual activity with a minor student in 2016.  Detectives said the victim recently came forward to file a report.  In addition to being a girls’ basketball coach, Lawrence held the position of “Student Success Voach” at Tampa Bay Tech.

According to officials, Lawrence, 48, had sexual intercourse with the female student on six different occasions at his Ruskin home between April 1 and June 30 of  2016, when the alleged victim was a student at the school. She has since graduated. 

“Students trusted this man as their coach, and as a parent myself, I am absolutely disgusted,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister in a statement. “Nobody should ever have their childhood ripped from them as this young victim did. After years of suffering, I applaud the victim for coming forward so this man could face the consequences for his despicable actions.”

Lawrence, known as “Coach Reggie,” is recognized as one of Tampa Bay’s top girls basketball coaches. As coach since 2009, he took the Titan girls to five consecutive playoff appearances, including the school’s first state championship in 2019.

Lawrence has worked for the Hillsborough County School District since 1999. School district officials said this is the first allegation made against him but social media reports by former student suggest Lawrence’s reputation for sexual involvement with students was well-known within the school.

The Hillsborough County School District released the following statement: 

“We are shocked and deeply troubled by these charges. Our parents expected this individual to protect their children and he broke that trust. He will not be returning to our campus and is on administrative leave pending termination.”

Lawrence’s arrest warrant showed that on July 2 during a phone call with detectives listening in, he admitted to the sexual encounters. 

“The defendant also indicated he had no concerns with them being caught,” according to the report. Lawrence denied the allegations.

Considered a first-degree felony, a Hillsborough County judge set bond at $50,000. Anyone with information or who might possibly be a victim of Lawrence’s is encouraged to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.

When parents send their children to get an education, the expectation is that the institutions in which their children learn and develop skills, offer an environment in which they are safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse. Coaches are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational and training needs of their players. Anyone who sexually violates children has no place working in community or school athletic programs. Any organization in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential coaches and protect their players. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by a coach, principal, teacher or other other school employee, 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.

Msgr. Robert M. Harris – Diocese of Brooklyn

Monsignor Robert M. Harris   

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1959

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960-1962      St. Anthony of Padua (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1963-1964      Priests in Graduate Studies for Catholic Charities 
  • 1963-1968      Blessed Sacrament (Jackson Heights, NY)
  • 1965-1966      Catholic Youth Organization 
  • 1967-1982      St. Vincent’s Hall, Inc.
  • 1983-1990      Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (Queens, NY) 
  • 1983-2013      St. Vincent’s Services, Inc. (formerly St. Vincent’s Hall, Inc.)
  • 1992-1997      Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (Queens, NY)
  • 2014                Released from Diocesan Assignment

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Robert M. Harris:

Monsignor Robert M. Harris was affiliated with the Department of Juvenile Justice for New York City since 1992. He was also reportedly President and CEO of St. Vincent’s Services, Inc. for at least ten years. He retired in 2015. According to media reports, in 2019, a lawsuit was filed alleging that he sexually abused a minor boy from 1978 through 1983 at St. Vincent’s Home for Boys. It is believed Monsignor Harris is currently living on Long Island. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

christopher carmichael sexual abuse

Why Was An Alaska Elementary School Principal Kept On the Job Despite Inappropriate Texts to Minors?

In 2016, a man repeatedly texted a girl, asking her to masturbate, call him ‘daddy’ and send photos of herself to him.  He called her “sweetness,” “loveliness,” “baby,” “sweetie,” “sweet girl,” “pretty girl,” “beautiful” and “sweetheart.”

Later, the man them admitted to having sent these inappropriate messages.

Here’s the stunning news: He was a public school principal. His supervisors heard and supposedly ‘investigated’ complaints against him but took little or no serious action, so he kept working for four years.
In December, he was finally arrested. Next month, he’s in court, formally charged with sexually abusing a minor.

And here, according to ProPublica, is the short version of this painful story: “Christopher Carmichael, principal for one of Alaska’s largest rural elementary schools, in a region with some of the highest sex crime rates in the country and a state with a history of failing to protect students, was allowed to remain on the job until the FBI got involved.”
https://www.propublica.org/article/alaska-bethel-principal

“In 2016, Carmichael admitted behavior to his supervisors that, under Alaska ethics laws for educators, could have cost him his teaching certificate,” ProPublica’s investigation shows.
But still, he was kept on the job at Gladys Jung Elementary School in the town of Bethel.
In cases like these, there are usually a number of villains. Sometimes, it’s a predator’s lazy, corrupt or incompetent colleagues, friends, co-workers, supervisors or local law enforcement. Sometimes, it’s lawmakers who, intentionally or not, essentially encourage bad behavior by carving out ‘exceptions’ for certain institutions with power and prestige (like churches or Boy Scouts) that basically make it harder to catch, prosecute, convict or sue wrongdoers. The list goes on and on. . .
But let’s focus on just one here: Carmichael’s boss, Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Dan Walker.
Walker said he called Carmichael into his office at the time of the state troopers’ investigation , and Carmichael admitted to sending the messages but claimed his judgment had been impaired by medication.
(Later, Carmichael also admitted to being attracted to kids.)
If media accounts are correct, it seems clear that Walker made at least three very disturbing decisions.
First, regardless of what criminal authorities did or didn’t do, Walker could have fired Carmichael and asked state officials to yank his teaching license. But he did not.
Second, Walker apparently didn’t tell his bosses, the school board, about Carmichael’s texts, admission or other complaints against him. So says Susan Murphy, who was board president in 2016 when state troopers first investigated Carmichael.
Third, even after Carmichael’s arrest and admissions, Walker praised him publicly, saying he had been an incredibly popular principal with students, staff and parents, had a solid reputation and “was well-respected by students, staff and parents.”
What’s wrong with these comments? They make it tougher for victims, witnesses and whistleblowers – in this case and others – to speak out. Imagine a suffering, abused teen reading or hearing this praise for an arrested predator from the top local school official, and thinking “Well, if they’re still defending and speaking so positively about this accused molester, will they do the same when I report the teacher who’s abusing me now?”
Ask yourself: “What possible good can come from saying nice things about an arrested and credibly accused child molester?” Who does such behavior benefit? Only those who ignored or concealed his crimes, by essentially implying “How could you expect us to suspect such a popular, charismatic guy?”
(Here’s at least one sliver of good news in all this horror: One LKSD assistant superintendent asked troopers to seize Carmichael’s work laptop and iPad. Detectives found no illegal pictures but confirmed Carmichael had sent the messages and Carmichael was briefly suspended. But remember, criminal charges or not, Walker and his staff could – and should – have started the process to yank Carmichael’s teaching license.)
And as if all this isn’t bad enough, consider this background about the area where Carmichael worked.

It’s called Western Alaska and includes isolated, icy Arctic villages and the seafaring Aleutian Island communities.

More teachers have been charged with sexual misconduct there, per capita, than any other region in the state, according to ProPublica. The region has a sexual assault rate more than six times the national average.

“Prior generations of children in the region suffered abuse at the hands of visiting Catholic priests, many of whom worked in village and regional schoolhouses. Separately, Alaska Native students from the region were plucked from their homes and shipped to boarding schools, where some were abused and many punished for speaking their indigenous language,” ProPublica reports.

It’s a region that seems ripe for predators and riddled with a long, sad history of crimes and cover ups.

(Recent abuse cases in nearby towns include Tuluksak teachers Martin A. Bowman and John Paul Douglas and Kwigillingok teacher Michael Wier. Wier worked for the same school superintendent, Walker, as Carmichael did).

We at Horowitz Law ache for the suffering of children everywhere. But we especially worry about and sympathize with kids in remote areas, which often attract predators who are particularly shrewd about concealing their crimes using their often considerable friendly personalities and demeanors.

(The Anchorage Daily News and KYUK public radio also contributed to exposing these heinous crimes.)

Fr. Andrew Masters (Divine Word Missionaries) – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Andrew Masters 

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: Unknown

Removed: Unknown

Died: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Belle Chasse, LA)
  • St. Augustine (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Andrew Masters:

Father Andrew Masters was a member of the Divine Word Missionaries. According to media reports, he was appointed administrator of St. Augustine parish in 1955, after serving at a parish in Elton, LA. In 1967, he reportedly “made arrangements for the children to be enrolled in neighboring Cathollic schools” after the closing of St. Augustine parochial elementary school closed.

In November 2018, Father Masters’ name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted an allegation of abuse was received in 1993. No further information including age/gender of the victim was disclosed. The Archdiocese said it was notified of the allegation, but “the investigation and final disposition of the allegation was the responsibility of the religious order.” 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be 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.

Convicted Sex Offender, Father of Eight, Suddenly Released From Prison Early

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It’s not clear why, but on May 5, 2020, an admitted child-molesting cleric from the Diocese of Trenton (New Jersey) was released from prison after serving only about half of his original sentence for sexually abusing a child. 

In 2017, Deacon Joseph J. Prioli was convicted in a Monmouth County Court on multiple counts of sexually abusing a child who was entrusted to his care.  He pleaded guilty and, in September 2017, he received a sentence of five years for his admitted crimes.  According to law enforcement, even before the criminal prosecution started, Prioli admitted to the current Bishop of Trenton, David O’Connell, that he sexually abused that victim. 

But on May 5, Prioli was suddenly and quietly released back into the public after serving about half of his sentence. He does not appear on the New Jersey sex offender registry and, even after a yearlong evaluation, he may never appear on any public registry of sex offenders.  It is unclear if Prioli is even under the supervision of a parole officer or if he was simply allowed to walk free. The Department of Corrections has issued no public statements. 

We hope that Prioli does not molest again, but, except for those reading this blog on our website, almost no one knows that a dangerous convicted felon now walks free in the open.  New Jersey Catholic Church officials have certainly made no such notifications to anyone.  

On one hand, we at Horowitz Law are grateful that the terms of Prioli’s sentence forbid him from ever living in a house with children ever again, including with his own eight children.      

On the other hand, we worry about those who are still vulnerable to sexual abuse – his other family members, his neighbors, and New Jersey Catholic parishioners who know Prioli through his church connections and may even believe he is innocent or ‘reformed’ and safe to be around children.  We also worry about those families who have no idea that a sex offender with the charisma of a trained cleric and teacher lives or works near them.  

Prioli was ordained a Permanent Deacon by the Trenton Diocese in 2005. Prioli was assigned to St. Catherine of Siena parish in Farmingdale and also served as a chaplain at the Christian Brothers Academy in Middletown for more than a decade. In his capacity as a Permanent Deacon at St. Catherine, he distributed Holy Communion, performed baptisms, weddings, and funerals, and also preached homilies during mass.  As a chaplain, he led morning mass with the students and provided counsel to vulnerable teenagers in search of guidance. 

Prioli also worked as a teacher at the Christian Brothers Academy for some time.  The second photo above shows him in a CBA classroom in 1990.

Prioli’s status with the Diocese of Trenton is unclear.  The Diocese has never publicly stated that it has severed ties with Prioli nor have Diocese officials ever suggested that they asked the Vatican to remove Prioli from the diaconate so he can never work in a Catholic parish leadership position again.  This means that Prioli could still truthfully tell people that he is still a Catholic cleric and a former teacher, positions that might render him automatically trustworthy to some unsuspecting parents.   

Prioli is now 52 years old.  According to his Department of Corrections profile, he is 5’6” and approximately 200 pounds.  His most recent mugshot (above) depicts him with facial hair that he may have since shaved off or modified.  

Prioli resided in Howell, New Jersey, until the time of his arrest and may have returned to that area following his release. 

We hope New Jersey journalists, citizens and Catholic officials will insist on learning why Prioli has been set free so early. And, even more important, we hope they’ll all spread the word about his whereabouts and his past, so parents will know to keep their kids away from him. 

We believe it’s especially important that staffers in the Diocese of Trenton and at the Christian Brothers Academy sound the warning bell about Prioli, because they are the ones who elevated Prioli to positions of influence and reverence among the Catholic faithful, and with that comes access to vulnerable children and their trusting parents.

For more information, visit our profile on Deacon Joseph Prioli: https://adamhorowitzlaw.com/tag/joseph-prioli/

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a cleric in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused in the Diocese of Trenton now have legal options to recover damages due to a new law temporarily suspending the statute of limitations for sexual abuse and assault.  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.

 

Mr. David Geitner – Diocese of Erie

Mister David Geitner  

Diocese of Erie

Ordained: N/A

Died: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Elk County Catholic High School (St. Marys, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Mister David Geitner:

Mister David Geitner was a teacher and football coach at Elk County Catholic High School during the early-to mid-1970s. He was held in such high regard that a major award was named after him. According to media reports, in October 2018, his name appeared on the Diocese of Erie’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors after an allegation of misconduct was reported to Diocesan officials following the release of the Attorney General’s report in August 2018. No information on the allegations including age/gender of the victims was released. The plaques on display at the school that honor past “Dave Geitner Memorial Award” winners were re-titled. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Erie.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Erie, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Erie now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Dr. Robert Anderson Horowitz Law

Former University of Michigan Doctor Robert Anderson Faces Hundreds of Sexual Assault Allegations; School Hopes to Settle Without Litigation

In July 2018, police began an investigation into University of Michigan Health Service director and team physician, Dr. Robert E. Anderson, after a former student-athlete wrote to athletic director Warde Manuel about being repeatedly sexually abused by Anderson during medical exams in the early 1970s. The student was dismissed, kicked off his wrestling team and stripped of his financial aid when he tried to report Robert Anderson’s misconduct. 

“I spoke up by letter in July of 1975 and it was ignored and denigrated by the University of Michigan,” Tad Deluca, former University of Michigan wrestlers, told media. “I spoke up again by letter in 2018 after hearing an NPR story about the MSU gymnasts…”

The school says it is conducting an independent investigation into the claims, which date as far back as the 1960s. U-M admitted that some campus employees knew of allegations made against Anderson even before the 2018 complaint. The accused, known by students as ‘Dr. Drop Your Drawers’ Anderson, worked at U-M for more than three decades from 1968 until his retirement in 2003. He died in 2008. 

In February 2020, U-M established a hotline for students, and by the end of April, 257 additional complaints involving Anderson had been made.

In March 2020, U-M announced it was terminating the firm it hired to conduct the investigation after school officials learned that the firm also represented notorious accused sexual predators Roman Polanski and Jeffrey Epstein.

Police records also show that U-M officials were warned more than forty years ago that Anderson was fondling patients during medical exams, and pressured him to step down as Health Service director. According to detectives, dozens of people have described in detail Anderson’s alleged sexual misconduct and unnecessary medical exams. Most incidents occurred in the 1970s, but at least one which was reported, happened in the 1990s.

In March 2020, University of Michigan Board of Regents Chair Ron Weiser, one of the school’s highest-ranking elected officials said he was also abused by Anderson. Another regent said he heard from three family members who were also abused by Robert Anderson. 

In a news release, Ron Weiser and President Mark Schlissel said that U-M is creating a plan to bypass court in the hopes to settle lawsuits against Anderson as an effort to provide “more certain, faster relief” and to ensure the privacy of those victims who have come forward.  Such a fund would be an alternative to litigation and resolve cases in a faster, more efficient manner. 

In 2018, Michigan legislators passed an extension to the state’s archaic statute of limitations for child sexual abuse.  The new law raised the date by which a person must file a lawsuit to age 28, which is still far short of 52, the age that experts says is typically when victims of sexual abuse typically report their abuse.

The new law also created a 90 day window for anyone sexually abused by a medical professional to file a lawsuit against the responsible, a far shorter and more specific window than any passed anywhere else in the country.  No other window has been measured in ‘days’ instead of ‘years.’  The window is largely thought to have been included to pave the way for the filing of hundreds of claims by former USA Gymnastics team doctor and Michigan State University employee, Dr. Larry Nassar. Michigan State University ultimately settled 332 claims for $500 million.

However, the new law does absolutely nothing to help the hundreds of alleged victims of Dr. Robert Anderson, who were mostly adults when they were sexually abused.  For those who were under 18 at the time of their abuse, the new law only really helps those who are still under age 28.  Therefore, while U-M is touting this alternative fund as a means of resolving cases faster and simpler than lawsuits, the reality is that very few cases would be viable in Michigan’s courts due to the still-archaic statute of limitations in effect for adult survivors of sexual abuse.  This needs to change.  Perhaps the resolution of hundreds more lawsuits involving a trusted doctor – this time, Dr. Robert Anderson – at a trusted Michigan university will spur even more legislative change.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by Dr. Robert Anderson, or another trusted professional such as a principal, teacher or any other school employee, contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation now.

Rockville Centre Diocese Horowitz Law

Rockville Centre (New York) Diocese Extends Registration Deadline for Claims Fund

This week, the Diocese of Rockville Centre extended the registration deadline for its voluntary compensation fund, called the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP). The fund, created several years ago following similar successful programs in New York State, is a confidential alternative to litigation.

Last year, New York created a one year “window” of time for anyone sexually abused in the state to file a lawsuit against those responsible for the abuse, including the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  This compensation fund is an attempt to resolve claims without the time or expense of traditional litigation.  Those filing claims in the compensation fund do not waive the ability to file a lawsuit at a later time in the event they reject the compensation fund’s offer.

The new deadline to register claims for the fund is May 31, 2020.  Contact us as soon as possible to discuss your options.  If you miss that deadline, you may be forever barred from participating in the fund.

If you were sexually abused by a priest or other employee of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, it is very important to discuss your legal options with competent, experienced attorneys.  The Diocese of Rockville Centre has countless people working to protect its interests, and you should too.  Our attorneys have four decades of experience representing victims of sexual abuse by clergy nationwide.  Put our experience to work for you.

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 State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre 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.

SOUTH FLORIDA TRACK AND FOOTBALL COACH ARRESTED FOR MOLESTING TEEN GIRL

SOUTH FLORIDA TRACK AND FOOTBALL COACH ARRESTED FOR MOLESTING TEEN GIRL

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According to court records, on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Hollywood, Florida police arrested Jocques Jerrod Richardson, age 37, of West Park, when he showed up at the home of a 14-year-old girl for sex. Police say he is a “private endurance trainer for young athletes in South Florida” as well as a volunteer track and football coach. 

According to police, the 14-year-old student athlete first met “Coach Joc” on Instagram about a year ago. She joined the Hallandale Beach Police Athletic League and by September 2019, their conversations “developed into a personal and intimate relationship.”

According to law enforcement, Richardson is a volunteer football and track coach for athletes in several programs including Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory and Hallandale Beach’s Police Athletic League. State records say he ran Liv ALittle Sports Apparel out of his West Park home for 19 months in 2018 and 2019.

The girl told police that in January, Richardson picked her up to stretch and took her to McArthur High School in Hollywood. According to the report, he massaged her inner groin area.

“The minor victim did not report this incident because she was afraid to make him mad,” the affidavit read. “She explained if he was mad at her, it would effect [sic] her status on the team and possibly any future college scholarship.”

According to the affidavit, Richardson’s Instagram messages made the girl feel uncomfortable. In one conversation included in the report, Richardson repeatedly asked her if he could perform oral sex on her. When she asked him if it was illegal, he said the only way they would get caught, is if she said something. It was at that point, an undercover officer continued the conversation and arranged the meetup.

“You ready for this,” he wrote. When he showed up at her house, he was arrested.

According to the police report, Richardson, “acknowledged knowing the victim is a minor and what he was doing was wrong especially because he was her mentor and coach.”

Richardson, the father of two children, is facing multiple sex charges including two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, one count of traveling to meet a minor for an illegal sex act, two counts of obscene communication to a solicit child for unlawful sex act and one count of offenses against students.

Police fear there could be more victims and ask for any additional victims to come forward.

It is expected that any institutions in which children learn and develop skills, offer an environment in which they are safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse. Athletic coaches are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational and training needs of their players. Anyone who sexually violates children has no place working in community or school athletic programs. Any organization in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential coaches and protect their players. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing survivors of sexual abuse. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, assaulted, raped, or molested by a coach, principal, teacher or other other school employee, 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.