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FLORIDA SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST DR. CLINTON SIMS FACING SEX ABUSE CLAIM

Dr. Clinton Sims Has License Restricted By Department of Health

Clinton SimsOn May 5, 2021, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of Clermont school psychologist, Dr. Clinton Eugene Sims. The order restricts Sims from working as a school psychologist in the State of Florida. It alleges that he had sex with a patient who was a former student he counseled at Montverde Academy. Sims received his license to practice as a school psychologist in September 2004. He has a right to appeal the emergency order, which prohibits him from practicing with female clients.

According to the order, Sims started counseling the 15-year old girl in February 2016 when she was a student at Montverde Academy. Despite later transferring from the school, the girl continued treatment with Sims in his private office through 2020. In 2019, Sims allegedly told her that he thought she was attractive, and sent her multiple sexually explicit messages. The state alleges that Sims had sex with her in December 2020 and January 2021.  

Florida law allows the state surgeon general to restrict a health care provider’s license upon a finding that the person poses an immediate danger to public health, safety, or welfare.  The order said, “Dr. Sims’ actions and disregard for the health of Patient show that he does not have the judgment or moral character to hold a position of power and trust. Dr. Sims’ blatant disregard for the laws and rules regulating his profession indicates that this behavior is likely to continue.”   The state’s disciplinary action to restrict Sims’ license limits his opportunity to endanger the public’s health, welfare and safety.

Finding the right mental health care provider can be challenging. We seek out seasoned medical professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion and empathy.  When we do finally decide on one, we hope to feel better over time, not be violated by the very person with whom we place our trust. Doctors hold a position of power in the physician-patient relationship under Florida law.  It is both unacceptable and unlawful for a healthcare professional to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while treating the patient.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, 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.

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FAMU Professor Gari Tookes Arrested On Three Counts of Child Molestation

According to a Leon County Sheriff’s Office press releaseon April 29, 2021, Professor Gari Tookes was arrested on three counts of child molestation charges (sexual battery, lewd and lascivious battery, and lewd and lascivious molestation) in Tallahassee, Florida.  

Gari Tookes, age 36, a prominent professor at Florida A&M University and Social Worker, was charged with sexually abusing a minor.  Investigators say the abuse began when the child was in elementary school and continue until the boy was a teenager. 

Media reports indicate that on February 23, 2021, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Florida Department of Children and Families stating that they received a report through the state hotline detailing the sexual abuse and battery of a minor allegedly made by Gari Tookes. The Sheriff’s Office stated, “Through investigative means, LCSO Violent Crimes detectives learned Tookes had criminal sexual contact with the victim for several years before the report. Detectives also learned Tookes had communicated through text messages about the sexual contact with the victim, which corroborated the victim’s initial report.”

The victim told investigators that Tookes touched him inappropriately and that the abuse “literally happened all the time.” Tookes was arrested and transported to the Leon County Detention Facility. 

Tookes has been an assistant professor at the Florida A&M University’s College of Social Sciences and a research grantee at FAMU’s Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative. In a March 2020 announcement from the university, he was listed as the school’s Master of Social Work program director. The university originally hired him in August 2018. His relationship with the university is under review.

According to Florida Department of Health records, Tookes is also a clinical social worker, with a license issued in 2016 and valid through 2023. 

Schools are educational institutions in which children can learn and develop skills in a nurturing environment. It is expected that they are safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse.  Teachers are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational needs of their students. Someone who sexually violates young children has no place working in the school system. Any school in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential teachers and protect their students. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in schools and other educational settings. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped, or sexually molested by a principal, teacher or another 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.

 

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Miami Rabbi Yosef Benita Arrested for Sexual Misconduct, Charges Later Dropped

On Wednesday, April 28, a Miami Gardens Rabbi and Jewish day school teacher was arrested on four counts of child molestation charges.  Yosef Benita, age 37, is a teacher at Lubavitch Educational Center, located at 7330 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33169. 

Yosef Benita voluntarily surrendered to the Miami Gardens Police Department and is being held without bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center for allegedly inappropriately touching a 10-year-old student during a tutoring session. The boy told his father on March 14 that his teacher intentionally touched him in his private area on three occasions and that Benita touched his own penis over his clothes. The alleged victim asked Benita to stop, but he continued, according to Miami-Dade police. The police also say that since the investigation started, a second alleged victim came forward.

School officials released a statement Wednesday night that reads, in part, “We take any claim of inappropriate behavior very seriously, which is why we immediately reported to the appropriate authorities.”

UPDATE: On July 27, 2021, it was reported that the criminal charges against Rabbi Yosef Benita were dropped based on a recording of a Zoom call between Lubavitch Educational Center and the child, where according to prosecutors, the child said that the rabbi tickled him, but did not touch his private parts. Faculty at the school also spoke to another child alleged to be a victim, who said, according to a close out memo from the State Attorney’s office, “…the defendant had touched him once as he was leaving the room and was not sure if the touching was an accident as it happened in passing.”

Schools are educational institutions in which children can learn and develop skills in a nurturing environment. It is expected that they are safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse.  Teachers are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational needs of their students. Someone who sexually violates young children has no place tutoring or otherwise working in the school system. Any school in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for protect its students. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in schools and other educational settings. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped, or sexually molested by a principal, teacher, or another 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.

 

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Palm Beach County Teacher, Babysitter Xavier Alexander Arrested for Soliciting Sex With 2-Year Old

A Palm Beach County teacher at Grove Park Elementary and local babysitter, Xavier Alexander, was arrested on Friday, April 2, 2021, on charges of solicitation of a minor and traveling to meet a minor.  He was later charged with felony sexual battery on children whom he was responsible for babysitting.

Xavier Alexander, age 27, has been a fourth-grade teacher at Grove Park Elementary School in Palm Beach Gardens since 2017. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office state that he has been accused of purchasing a box of condoms with the intention of having a “sexual encounter” with a 2-year-old girl.

According to the Probably Cause Affidavit released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation started when a 39-year-old father of a two-year-old child posted an ad on Craigslist on March 26, 2021, asking for someone to share and split the cost of a motel room during their transition period while moving. The man reportedly mentioned in the ad had a two-year-old daughter and requested that no “weirdos” or drug users inquire about the offer.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Xavier Alexander responded to the ad through text message and asked, “Would I ever be alone with your daughter?” The father replied no, to which Alexander replied, “Ah well, I think ill go elsewhere good luck.”

The father contacted law enforcement immediately after the text exchange, and police began impersonating the father in messages to the unknown phone number. They told the messenger that he could be alone with the child if he paid for two nights at the motel, which would cost $200. Reports show the following conversation between Alexander and the undercover deputy, posing as the toddler’s father:

Deputy: “hey if I let you spend time with my daughter would you pay for the whole room?” 

Alexander: “at this point is too late for tonight but totally tomorrow and I can do a couple days

Deputy: “your not gonna hurt her right? shes young

Alexander: “No i wont hurt her” 

Deputy: “I just want to know what your plans are so i know”

Alexander: “Just spend time alone with her” 

Deputy: “youll at least wear a condom right? I wanna know shes safe” 

Alexander: “Yes i will”

According to the arrest report, Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Operations Team then set up a sting operation at a Super 8 motel, located at 1255 Hypoluxo Road in Lantana, around 4:30 p.m. on April 1. When Alexander arrived at the motel, authorities took him into custody.

The arrest report stated that Xavier Alexander admitted replying to the ad on Craigslist in hopes it would be an opportunity for him to have a sexual encounter with the 2-year-old female. Investigators reported that Alexander had driven to a Mobil gas station across the street from the motel and had bought a box of condoms. Deputies later found the open box inside his vehicle, as well as one condom inside his shoe. The report also stated that Alexander told the investigators that he had a sexual addiction and that women, men, and bestiality no longer satisfied him, therefore, he wanted to meet a child for sex.  The Sheriff’s Office said Alexander denied ever sexually touching a child but admitted that he had become sexually aroused while babysitting and grazing over their genitals.

During a court appearance on April 2, a judge said Alexander can’t “possess or use any electronic devices or access the Internet, can’t have any weapons, can’t contact the alleged victim, victim’s family, witnesses, or any minors under the age of 18, and can’t have any contact with schools or daycares.”

The Palm Beach County School District stated that the principal of Grove Park Elementary School had a letter from the district sent to Alexander in jail, notifying him that his employment at the school was terminated effective immediately. 

The School District released a statement regarding Alexander’s arrest, saying they are “shocked and appalled by the nature of the crimes.” A spokesperson said the school district is “cooperating fully with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office,” adding that the alleged crimes did not occur on school property and did not involve district students.

Alexander has taught at several schools and also worked as a summer camp counselor in Palm Beach County. His personnel file shows Grove Park Elementary—where he was the after-school site director since 2017.

Xavier Alexander also worked at Seminole Trails Elementary in West Palm Beach from 2016-2017, Marsh Pointe Elementary in Palm Beach Gardens from 2014-2016, and as a substitute teacher across the Palm Beach County School District. His resume shows he also worked as a summer camp counselor in Palm Beach Gardens and in Jupiter.  Alexander also worked as a nanny/babysitter for families of children with autism and mild cerebral palsy, a pool/kids club attendant for a hotel on Singer Island, and as an intern for Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens.  Investigators said Xavier Alexander listed his babysitting services for hire on the the nanny website Care.com.

Meanwhile, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says it has had “numerous calls” that detectives are now investigating to determine if there are other victims in this case.

It is expected that children will be safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse in educational settings.  Teachers and babysitters are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational needs of their students. Someone who sexually violates young children has no place working with minors.  Any business or non-profit in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential teachers and protect the children under their supervision.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in schools, daycares, and other educational settings. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped, or sexually molested by a principal, teacher, school employee, or daycare worker, 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.

 

Reeghan Lynn Burgess

Florida Woman Who Led Foster Care Home for Boys Arrested for Sexual Abuse

Reeghan  Burgess, the former director of education at Crossroads Hope Academy in Punta Gorda, Florida, was arrested on Friday, April 16, 2021, on multiple sex-related charges involving minors under her supervision. Crossroads Hope, located at 45991 Bermont Road in Punta Gorda, is a non-profit foster home for teenage boys who have had multiple failed placements in the Florida foster care system. Burgess is being held at the Charlotte County Jail without bond until her criminal arraignment. 

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Reeghan Burgess, age 30, was arrested on six counts of unlawful sexual activity with several minors, including soliciting to engage in sexual conduct with a student and interference with custody of a minor. 

Crossroads Hope Academy confirmed that she began working there in June 2020. In November 2020, members of the school’s staff raised suspicion of Burgess’s behavior toward some of the boys, claiming they noticed something seemed off. They then called the child abuse hotline and placed her on administrative leave. She was officially fired from Crossroads in December 2020.

The Academy released this statement on its Facebook Saturday: 

Official statement regarding the arrest of Reeghan Burgess:

“Our primary responsibility at Crossroads Hope Academy is to keep our kids safe. In late November, staff brought concerns about Ms Burgess’ behavior toward some of the kids to our attention. We immediately called the Child Abuse Hotline and placed her on administrative leave, and subsequently terminated her employment.

The Florida Department of Children and Families requires extensive background screening before a potential employee is allowed to work at Crossroads. Nevertheless, we are always diligent in overseeing our staff and monitoring their interactions with our students. In the eight years we have operated as a foster home, this is the first time we have faced these issues. We are shocked and saddened by the allegations and will cooperate with authorities, and we will continue to put the safety and wellbeing of our kids first.

There will be no further comments pending the ongoing investigation.

Crossroads Hope Academy.”

It is expected that  children will be safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse in foster care.  Teachers are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational needs of their students. Someone who sexually violates young children has no place working with minors.  Any business or non-profit in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential teachers and protect the children under their supervision.

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

 

Colorado Bill Passed For Child Sexual Abuse Survivors

Colorado Law Removes Statute of Limitations On Lawsuits Filed By Child Sex Abuse Victims

Colorado sexual abuse survivors will finally get a long-awaited change in law to provide civil justice.

After 15 years of intense lobbying, Colorado joins a dozen other states that have eliminated the statute of limitations for some or all types of claims arising from childhood sexual abuse. On April 15, 2021, Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 73, which removes the restrictive statute of limitations placed on victims to file civil lawsuits against their perpetrators or institutions, including employers or youth programs, which are implicated in the misconduct.

Bill 73 goes into effect beginning on January 1, 2022, and survivors of childhood sex abuse and other types of sexual misconduct will be able to hold their perpetrators accountable in Colorado’s legal system, no matter how much time has elapsed since the abuse occurred.

“To all the survivors and advocates who worked tirelessly, I’m really proud to be here when this day has come. There’s no place for red tape between survivors and healing in Colorado,” said Polis during the signing ceremony.

Under current law, children who are abused have six years after they turn 18 to file a civil suit against their perpetrator and two years to sue an organization. This bill applies to a range of other offenses against children and adults, including sexual assault and trafficking.

“Victims deserve justice whenever they choose to seek it. Outdated laws won’t be able to stop them anymore,” said Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City, one of the bill’s sponsors. The other House of Representatives sponsor, Rep. Matt Soper, R-Delta, called it a “historic bill.”

Many survivors go years before they are ready to report or talk about the abuse they encountered as children, and this new bill could give them justice and some peace of mind.  According to ChildUSA, the average age for a survivor who comes forward about their abuse is 52. Delayed disclosure can happen for a variety of reasons, including fear, shame, cultural norms, a relationship to the perpetrator and intellectual or communication challenges.

SB-73 also allows parents to bring lawsuits on behalf of their children, including against organizations or entities such as school districts or churches that turned a blind eye to abuse. SB73 applies only to future victims and those whose statute of limitations has not yet expired, with no “look-back window” which would have allowed people for whom the six-year statute of limitations had already expired to be granted a limited period of time in which they’d be able to sue their abusers.

Horowitz Law is experienced in filing lawsuits on behalf of child sexual abuse victims in Colorado. You can reach Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.

Fr. Dennis W. Killion – Diocese of Venice

Father Dennis W. Killion

Diocese of Venice/Oblates

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Ordained: 1980

Removed: 2008

Assignment History:

  • 1980-1986: Salesianum High School (Wilmington, DE)
  • 1986-1990: Archbishop Wood Boys High School (Warminster, PA)
  • 1990-1991: Bishop Ireton High School (Alexandria, VA)
  • 1991-2006: Father Judge High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2006-2008: Bishop Verot High School (Fort Myers, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Dennis Killion:

Father Dennis W. Killion belongs to the religious order the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, based in Wilmington and Philadelphia. Over his career, Killion worked in the Diocese of Wilmington (Delaware), Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Pennsylavania), and in the Diocese of Venice (Florida.) Killion has been named in at least ten lawsuits alleging that he sexually abused minors.

In 2008, four victims came together to file a lawsuit in the Superior Court in Wilmington, Delaware, naming Killion sexually abused them when they were teenagers, and claiming that Catholic officials knew about the abuse but did little or nothing to stop it.

According to the suit, the sexual abuse occurred between 1983 and 1986, when Fr. Dennis Killion was a teacher at Salesianum High School in Wilmington. During the summer of 1985, Killion is accused of molesting Victim 1, a former student, when he was a freshman working at the school’s bookstore. Killion allegedly put his hand down his pants, grabbed him, and ask if the student had lied to him, while threatening to squeeze harder if he lied.

According to Victim 2, Killion allegedly assaulted him from 1983 to 1986, while the student worked in the bookstore, bingo and faculty house, and during a school trip. Killion was accused of soliciting sex from the student in the confessional to “sexually exploit the victim during and after the celebration of a Holy Sacrament.” The allegations state that Killion touched and fondled the student to the point of masturbation. In addition, the victim said that Fr. Killion would give him “special” treatment including money, the teacher’s edition of schoolbooks, and free schoolbooks.

The third Victim accused Killion of sexually assaulting him from 1983 to 1986, while he worked at Salesianum’s bingo and faculty house, and on a school trip. Killion allegedly would engage in heavy petting, touching and fondling to the point of masturbation. The victim said he also received special treatment.

Victim 4 claimed that when he was a freshman in 1985, Killion first assaulted him, allegedly by taking a scooper of ice, grabbing the boy’s pants, pulling them away and saying: “It would be cold if I dropped this down your pants, wouldn’t it?” According to the suit, Killion also shoved his hand down the boy’s pants in another incident.

Two of the four victims initially reported their abuse, but were told he was going to be transferred and to just keep quiet. The lawsuit claims the diocese “created and implemented a ‘Conspiracy of Silence,’ a policy and procedure whereby any and all allegations of sexual misconduct by employees and agents would be squelched, concealed and hidden from the public, parishioners and law enforcement.”

In 2009, more reports and lawsuits were filed against Fr. Killion in Delaware. The eighth victim alleged that Killion sexually abused, harassed, and molested the victim when he was a teenager at Salesianum High School in the 1980s. The victim claims he decided to go public after all those years because he found out that Killion worked as an activities director at another high school and wanted to go public. He stated that he hopes someone of his profession coming forward will help pierce stereotypes about male victims of sexual abuse and encourage others to discuss it. This suits also accused the Catholic Church, the school and Killion’s religious order, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, of knowing about the alleged abuse, but allowing Killion to continue teaching.

At the time these allegations first surfaced in 2008, Killion, was working as the activities director at Bishop Verot High School in Florida. Killion was placed on administrative leave and assigned to the Oblates’ retirement facility in Childs, Maryland.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Venice in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

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Does a ‘Better’ School Keep Your Child Safer? Not really.

To keep their kids out of harm’s reach, parents who are able often move to ‘nicer neighborhoods’ so they can send their kids to a ‘nicer’ school.

For many types of crime, this is often helpful.  Exposure to the kinds of crime that are usually called ‘street crimes’ – drugs, assaults, purse-snatching – can sometimes be reduced by moving to a suburb ore more well-to-do community.

But one of the worst possible crimes knows absolutely no geographic boundaries: Child sexual abuse.

Since it’s most often committed by a trusted adult who knows the child, just buying a home in a ‘better’ school district or zip code isn’t an effective prevention move.

This all comes to mind because of a recent New York Times story headlined “Boarding schools promise a pandemic haven for families who can afford them.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/29/style/boarding-school-covid.html?searchResultPosition=3

That’s certainly true. But there’s only one physical place that can be counted on to reduce child sex crimes: Prison.

More and more parents are starting to realize “that life may not return to normal by the fall, particularly since none of the available vaccines have been authorized for children under 16 yet,” writes Ronda Kaysen of the Times.

Of course, few families can afford boarding schools. Clearly, like all parents, the more well-off also want what’s best for their children.

Still, predators are drawn to ALL schools, all playgrounds, all sports teams, all day care centers, in rich or poor neighborhoods.

Sadly that means that ALL parents must be vigilant.

(Recent scandals and cases have emerged at a number of private schools including Thayer Academy in Massachusetts, Fessenden School in Massachusetts, Taft Academy in Connecticut, Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire, Concord Academy in Massachusetts, Kent School in Connecticut, Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Groton School in Massachusetts, Oxbridge Academy in Florida, Milton Academy in Massachusetts, St. George’s School in Rhode Island, and Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut.)

https://www.thoughtco.com/prep-school-scandals-2774135

https://buckscounty.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/solebury-school-report.pdf?sfvrsn=b60232ef_0

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing students who experienced sexual abuse at boarding schools. If you want to discuss filing a lawsuit because you or someone you know was sexually abused at a boarding school, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of  sexual abuse nationwide. We can help.

Mr. Rudy Tremaroli – Archdiocese of New York

Mr. Rudy Tremaroli

Archdiocese of New York/Lay Teacher

Rudy Tremaroli Horowitz LawOrdained: N/A

Died: 1992

Assignment History:

  • 1965-1992: Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Bronx, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Mr. Rudy Tremaroli:

In late 2019, five former students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and School in the Bronx, New York filed lawsuits against the school and the Archdiocese of New York, claiming they were sexually abused by their former basketball coach, Rudy Tremaroli.

One of the victims that filed is a Connecticut state senator. He claims that he was sexually assaulted by Tremaroli in the 1980s when he was 9 to 12 years old. The lawsuit states that Tremaroli, who died in 1992, received multiple reports that he abused and molested hundreds of boys while working at a Catholic community center before leaders moved him to work exclusively at the school.

According to media reports, Tremaroli was hired as a janitor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the 1960s, then later ran a youth program, summer camp, and community center, where he hosted movie nights. Tremaroli became the assistant basketball coach and facilities manager for Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the 1970s, using his private office to isolate and abuse kids, the suits say. Allegedly, Tremaroli would befriend boys, talk to them about girls and teach them how to masturbate. The suits also claim that Tremaroli amassed a large collection of nude photographs of his victims over the years.

Tremaroli’s alleged abuse stretched into the early 1990s, and neither school officials nor the Archdiocese of New York did anything about it. Tremaroli died in 1992.

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.

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Miami Beach Teacher Alexandra Handwerger Fired for Sexual Misconduct

Alexandra Handwerger, a 48-year old English teacher at Miami Beach’s Hebrew Academy, was fired on January 30, 2021, for allegedly sending nude videos and photos to current and former male students, including some who are now studying abroad in Israel.  A criminal investigation is ongoing.

According to an incident report, administrators at Miami Beach Hebrew Academy received an anonymous email informing them that a teacher was sending lewd and inappropriate pictures. The email also had a phone number, which led them to an administrator of a school in Israel that told Miami administrators that a female teacher from Hebrew Academy had been sending her male students (who were 18 years old or over) inappropriate nude photos and videos.

The school reported the teacher to the Miami Beach police on February 19, and although they are currently conducting an investigation, Handwerger has not been criminally charged at this time.  When questioned about the photos, Handwerger initially claimed she could not recall any of it, but then later admitted to taking the pictures/videos but doesn’t know how the students got them.

Handwerger was not only a teacher at the Academy but the head of the English department.  The academy addressed the matter in a letter to parents that read, in part, “We received information that there is a video and possible photos of a former teacher that are inappropriate. It is our understanding that some graduates and current students may have received copies of the videos and/or photos. We are unaware of how our students received the videos/photos at this time, but have been and continue to conduct a thorough investigation regarding the entirety of this serious matter.”

Handwerger is the estranged wife of former WSVN reporter Rosh Lowe. Lowe claims he is deeply distraught by this matter and that he is taking the allegations very seriously.  Handwerger is also known publicly as Alex Lowe.

Schools are educational institutions in which children can learn and develop skills in a nurturing environment. It is expected that they be safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse.  Teachers are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational needs of their students. Someone who sexually violates young children has no place working in the school system. Any school in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential teacher and protect their students. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in schools and other educational settings. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by a 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.