Category: Schools

Mr. Rudy Tremaroli – Archdiocese of New York

Mr. Rudy Tremaroli

Archdiocese of New York/Lay Teacher

Rudy Tremaroli Horowitz Law

Ordained: 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 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.

Mr. 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.

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Alexandra Handwerger Horowitz Law sexual

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.

 

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New Colorado Bill Gives Child Sexual Abuse Survivors A Chance For Justice

Colorado sexual abuse survivors may finally get a long-awaited change in law which provide for civil justice. Under a new bill that the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) helped draft, survivors of child sexual abuse could sue individuals or institutions – for triple damages – if their abuse resulted from a cover-up, no matter how long ago the abuse happened.

This means that sexual abuse survivors would be able to file a claim against the institution, not the individual, without having any expiration date or statute of limitations, seeking three times the damages. 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.

Many times when reports of sexual abuse are made to schools or institutions the institutions decide, for whatever reason, to disregard the reports and ignore the problem. There are countless historical examples of this within the Catholic Church in Colorado as noted in recent grand jury reports.

“These organizations and their youth programs were trusted by families and parents to protect children, and instead they covered up child sex abuse. We have a fundamental obligation to hold them accountable to bring healing to these survivors, and also prevent this behavior from happening in the future,” says Danielson. Danielson is also introducing a bill that removes the statute of limitations for all sexual assault claims going forward.

Raana Simmons, Executive Director of CCASA, says the bill is narrowly tailored to target staff who knew, or should have known, about the abuse and did nothing to stop it. “When institutions choose to protect their power and profit by concealing the truth, the cover-up is something completely different and distinct from the sexual abuse that the child experienced in the first place. What this is, we believe, is a path forward to lift the veil of secrecy, to protect our communities, and to make sure that survivors have access to the single system that can provide them with the monetary relief to recover from trauma,” said Simmons.

Unlike other civil liability laws, the bill also prevents school districts from using government immunity to avoid damages.

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

Fr. William Romero – Diocese of Venice

Father William Romero

Diocese of Venice

William Romero Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1967

Retired: 1995

Removed: 2002

Assignment History:

  • Ann School (Naples, FL)
  • Joseph the Worker (Moore Haven, FL)
  • Augustine (Coral Gables, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father William Romero:

Fr. William Romero was accused of multiple sexual abuse suits over the past three decades. In 2003, Fr. William Romero was accused in a civil lawsuit claiming that he sexually abused a former altar boy and St. Ann student in 1976. The boy was 12 years old when the abuse began, first at the child’s home through a game of leapfrog and later on an overnight stay at the St. Ann rectory.

The suit states athat when the boy arrived at St. Ann for what he thought was a group sailing trip with his youth pastor, he realized no other students were present. Later that night, after returning from a movie with another priest, Fr. Romero persuaded the boy to shower with him. Romero proceeded to touch the boy’s genitals while masturbating himself.

The suit also said that the Archdiocese of Miami knew about the abuse, claiming church leaders broke the secret pact by quietly transferring the wayward priest to other parishes, where he would abuse more children.

Also in 2003, three siblings accused Romero of abusing them from 1982-1989 while he served as parish priest at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Moore Haven, FL. Romero had met the two boys and their sister several years earlier as pastor of St. Christopher’s Parish in Hobe Sound, which straddles the Palm Beach-Martin County border.

In a seven-page document filed in 2003 in response to that suit, Fr. Romero acknowledges “a half dozen” incidents of mutual masturbation with one of the three siblings. Romero also said the sexual encounters took place soon after he was transferred in 1982 to St. Joseph. Romero also details a three-year affair with the boy’s mother. The divorced woman and the priest jointly purchased a timeshare in the Florida Keys for annual family vacations. The suit reports that after moving the three siblings into his home during summer vacations, Romero took weekly showers with the 9-year-old sister and regularly had sex with her two brothers.

In 2012, a South Florida man filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Miami claiming he was sexually abused by Fr. Romero when he was an altar boy in the 1970s at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Coral Gables.

The victim began having flashbacks of abuse at the 2008 funeral for his brother, held at St. Augustine Catholic Church the very same parish where he says the priest assaulted him multiple times.

Romero retired in 1995. His faculties were revoked in 2002. Romero has lived in LaBelle, east of Fort Myers in rural Hendry County, for the past decade after retiring from the active priesthood.

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. 

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Pennsylvania Moves Towards Justice for Child Sexual Abuse Victims

Pennsylvania Moves Towards Justice for Child Sexual Abuse Victims

House Passes Bill For Justice for Child Sexual Abuse Victims _ Horowitz Law

On Wednesday, January 27, House Bill 14 overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 187-15, which could lead to a temporary lifting of expired statute of limitations for some child sexual abuse victims, allowing them to file civil suits. The measure would create a two-year window during which civil lawsuits alleging childhood sexual abuse may be filed in court – notwithstanding any statute of limitations that had prevented such filings.  Similar measures have passed in New York, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, and Hawaii among other states.

The bill calls for amending the Pennsylvania constitution to create the “window” for victims to pursue claims, and it will requires voter approval.  It is a companion piece to an effort launched in 2018 by state Rep. Mark Rozzi to reform the state’s child sex crime laws in the wake of a set of stunning investigations into clergy sex abuse in Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania.

If House Bill 14 passes Senate, it could be on the ballot in May 2021. The Pennsylvania Senate judiciary committee has already approved a companion version of the legislation that passed the House Wednesday, and both chambers approved the proposed amendment last legislative session as well. The General Assembly must approve proposed state constitutional amendments in two consecutive sessions.

The proposed amendment to open a window for lawsuits comes after years of campaigning by abuse survivors, including intense lobbying since a 2018 grand jury report revealed that church leaders in six of the state’s Catholic dioceses had covered up abuse by 300 priests that took place over decades. Rozzi, a survivor of childhood abuse inflicted by a member of the Catholic clergy, hailed, “Victims deserve their day in court. Victims have waited long enough.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of child sexual abuse throughout Pennsylvania.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of sexual abuse. We can help.  

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

Fr. Ignatius Tuoc – Diocese of St. Petersburg

Father Ignatius Tuoc

Diocese of St. Petersburg

Ignatius Tuoc Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1971

Assignment History:

  • Christ the King (Tampa, FL)
  • St. Patrick (Largo, FL)
  • St. Mary Our Lady of Grace (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Blessed Trinity Parish (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • St. Timothy Parish (Tampa, FL)
  • Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church (Tampa, FL)
  • St. Joseph’s Vietnamese Mission (Tampa, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Ignatius Tuoc:

In 2003, Father Ignatius Tuoc was temporarily removed after the Diocese of St. Petersburg received a complaint from a female parishioner of Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church, claiming the priest sexually abused her. The woman claims the abuse started in the 1990s, when she was 13 years old, and continued until she was 26.

Tuoc was allowed to continue at Epiphany after the review board could not find enough evidence to corroborate the victim’s story. He is listed on the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s 2016 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of St. Petersburg 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. 

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Mr. Scott Stern – Diocese of St. Petersburg

Mr. Scott Stern

Diocese of St. Petersburg/CoachScott Stern Horowitz Law

Assignment History:

  • 1998-1999: Pinellas Park High School (Pinellas Park, FL)
  • 2012-2014: Clearwater Central Catholic High School (Clearwater, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Mr. Scott Stern:

Scott Eugene Stern was a wrestling coach at Clearwater Central Catholic High School in Florida. He coached the school’s varsity and junior varsity wrestling teams. In 2016, Stern was sued by a student who accused him of physical and mental abuse. In 2017, he faced another lawsuit from a former student claiming sexual abuse.

According to both complaints, Stern accused the boys of using illegal drugs and threatened to tell others unless they performed various humiliating acts like reciting literature in the locker room naked. If the student made a mistake, Stern required them to take his clothes off and bend over to hit him with a ruler. They also claim Stern also made them simulate sexual activities and masturbate. The lawsuit suggests that the school knew about Stern’s behavior because he had a similar charge at another area high school, yet they still allowed the coach private access to students. The Diocese of St. Petersburg, which oversees the high school, also was aware.

In 2015, after his time at the high school, Stern served 60 days in jail after pleading no contest to battery charges brought on by two students. According to media reports, the details of the 2014 accusations were similar to the civil complaints. Stern was accused of hitting two students at Clearwater Central Catholic High School.

The first victim, an 18-year-old male, was battered in February 2014. Stern made the victim take off all of his clothes then grabbed him by the throat and groin area while yelling at him as a form of discipline.

The second victim, a 17-year-old male, was abused on several occasions between August 2013 and May 2014. The victim was forced to take off all of his clothes and was struck with a ruler with Stern’s hand on the buttocks. On another occasion, the victim was forced to take off his clothes while Stern conducted a strip search.

According to a 1999 police report, Stern also abused students at another local area high school in Pinellas Park. Stern had one of his wrestling students stand naked with a ruler over his head as a form of “positive image builder.” At the time, Stern was a volunteer wrestling coach at Pinellas Park High School. The police report indicates that he was suspended pending termination.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of St. Petersburg 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.

Fr. Jan Sanders – Diocese of St. Petersburg

Father Jan Sanders

Diocese of St. Petersburg/Jesuits

Jan Sanders Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • 1980s: Christ the King (Tampa, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Jan Sanders:

 Fr. Jan Sanders was a Dutch Jesuit visiting the Diocese of St. Petersburg in the 1980s. In 2004, Sanders was accused of sexually abusing a minor while visiting at Christ the King in Tampa, FL in the 1980s. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Records indicate that ther have also been dozens of reports in the Netherlands that have accused Father Jan Sanders of sexual abuse to minors. He is publicly named in the FL Attorney General’s 2020 report and on the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s 2016 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of St. Petersburg 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.

Fr. Norman Rogge – Diocese of St. Petersburg

Father Norman Rogge

Diocese of St. Petersburg

Norman J. Rogge Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1956

Removed: 2002

Died: 2009

Assignment History:

  • 1956-1957: St. Mary’s College (St. Mary’s, KS)
  • 1957-1958: St. Robert’s Hall (Pomfret, CT)
  • 1958-1960: Jesuit High School of Dallas (Dallas, TX)
  • 1960-1979: Sacred Heart (Tampa, FL)
  • 1960-1979: Juvenile Detention Home (Tampa, FL)
  • 1979-1981: St. Ignatius (Mobile, AL)
  • 1981-1982: Jesuit Theological Union (Berkeley, CA)
  • 1982-1985: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Campti, LA)
  • 1982-1985: St. Joseph’s (Trichel, LA)
  • 1982-1985: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Black Lake, LA)
  • 1982-1985: St. Patrick’s (Montgomery, LA)
  • 1985-1988: Unknown
  • 1988-1989: Ignatius Residence (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1989-2002: St. Charles College (Grand Coteau, LA)
  • 1998-2002: St. Charles Borromeo (Grand Coteau, LA)
  • 1998-2002: Christ the King (Bellevue, LA)
  • 2002-2009: Ignatius Residence (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Norman Rogge:

Fr. Norman J. Rogge was a Jesuit priest who worked in various parishes throughout Kansas, Connecticut, Texas, Florida, Alabama, California, and Louisiana. Fr. Rogge has been convicted twice for child sexual abuse in 1967 and 1985.

In 1967, Fr. Rogge was accused of groping a 14-year-old at a movie. According to news reports, the victim lived at a group home Rogge had access to. Other residents there also complained of inappropriate touching during swimming lessons at Rogge’s lake house. A police report indicated he also admitted to asking a boy for oral sex.  Rogge pleaded guilty to charges relating to child molestation and received three years’ probation.

After this conviction, Rogge was given probation and was required to undergo psychiatric counseling.  He stayed in Tampa, in ministry, until he was transferred to the Mobile Diocese in 1979.

In 1984, Rogge was in Tampa for a visit and spent a weekend at a cabin with two other men and an 11-year-old boy. One of the men was a convicted child molester. All three men were associated with an organization formed to search for missing children, a newspaper reported.

A police report alleges that the men walked around all weekend naked and masturbated in front of the child. In connection with this investigation, Fr. Rogge pleaded no contest to a lewdness charge in 1985 and was placed on probation again. He reportedly was required to go to a Catholic treatment facility in New Mexico. For both convictions, his criminal record was wiped clean of the child molestation charges upon completing probation, and after both convictions, he was allowed to continue working as a priest.

Since then, numerous survivors have come forward alleging child sexual abuse by Fr. Rogge, with the earliest allegation in 1963. In 2002, a team of journalists exposed Fr. Rogge’s sexually abusive past that resulted in him being sent to a Jesuit retirement community in New Orleans.

Rogge is named on the Jesuits’ December 2018 list of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a child. He also was on the list released by the Archdiocese of Mobile in 2018 and on the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s 2016 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of St. Petersburg 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.

Mr. Tom Nibbio – Diocese of St. Petersburg

Mr. Tom Nibbio

Diocese of St. Petersburg/Lay Teacher

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Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Mr. Tom Nibbio:

Mr. Tom Nibbio was a lay teacher at Clearwater Central Catholic High School within the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Once considered among the top high school soccer coaches in the nation, in 1985, Nibbio was ordered never to coach at Florida schools again after pleading no contest to molesting students while massaging their muscle injuries. 

The coach was initially charged with seven counts of lewd and lascivious behavior. His plea was entered to a felony charge of handling and fondling a child younger than 14 and three misdemeanor counts of committing unnatural and lascivious acts. The felony charge carried a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. 

The students claim the abuse occurred in the fall of 1983, but they didn’t report it until 1984 because they were embarrassed, police said. Nibbio resigned in December of 1984, two days before he was arrested. 

Another 15-year-old male victim came forward alleging Nibbio sexually abused him while attending a soccer clinic conducted by the Nibbio in July 28 or 29, 1986. The reports claim that Nibbio “fondled the buttocks” of the victim; the second count alleged that the defendant “knowingly committed an act of sexual conduct” with the victim in that the defendant “touched his sex organ to the back” of the victim.

According to various media reports, Tom Nibbio relocated to Chicago and became head soccer coach after he resigned in Florida. In 1990, Tom Nibbio left as head coach as the Triton College soccer team to become an assistant coach and trainer with the Rockford-based Illinois Thunder of the National Professional Soccer League. His current whereabouts are unknown.

He is listed on the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s 2016 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of St. Petersburg 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.