BREAKING NEWS: Jerry Sandusky’s Son Arrested on Child Sexual Assault Charges

The disturbing story of former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky took another dark turn on Monday, February 13, 2017. Sandusky’s 41-year-old adopted son Jeffrey has been arrested and charged with child sexual assault.

Jeffrey Sandusky was charged and arraigned in Bellefonte, Pa., according to WTAJ in Central Pennsylvania. Sandusky reportedly has been under investigation by Pennsylvania State Police since November 2016 following a child’s claims that he received text messages asking for nude photographs from the child. The child informed his father about the allegedly lewd texts, and the father notified authorities.

The criminal complaint cited in initial reports notes a second claim of child abuse dating back to 2013.

Bail has been set at $200,000 for Sandusky, who is prohibited from any contact with minors.

Jerry Sandusky is currently serving a 30-to-60-year prison sentence for serial child molestation over a 15-year span.

Attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing lawsuits on behalf of victims of sexual assault. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual assault, please email attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.

Plantation Church Volunteer Admits to Soliciting 14-Year Old Parishioner For Sex

 Timothy Taffe sexualTimothy Taffe, a  71-year-old volunteer at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Plantation, Florida has pled guilty to a federal charge of attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.  According to law enforcement records, he promised a 14-year-old parishioner his BMW and inheritance if she would have sex with him.   

Timothy Taffe, of Fort Lauderdale, admitted he aggressively pursued the minor after meeting her at game night at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Plantation in July.  Taffe reportedly sent graphic messages and photos of his genitals to the girl, though they were actually received by Plantation police and other agents from the FBI’s child exploitation task force. Taffe admitted to sending the girl lewd emails, including one request to be his “secret friend.”  Taffe also invited the girl to meet him in private, offered her alcohol, and took photographs of her at church events.

The girl told Taffe she was 14, rebuffed him and questioned the appropriateness of his comments, she told investigators. The girl’s grandmother reported the email exchanges to Father Alberto Cutie at the church, according to court records.

Taffe arrived to meet the girl in October at the Westfield Broward mall but federal agents arranged the meeting so she did not show up. Taffe was arrested when he arrived at the mall. When investigators searched his Fort Lauderdale home, they found evidence he had prepared for a sexual encounter there with the girl.

Incidents such as this are a reminder that even in locations where children should be safe — such as a church or youth group — there are people who may pose a threat of harm to children.  As a result, we must be vigilant in the supervision and protection of our children at all times.  This is also an example of a brave child who had the wisdom to know the adult’s actions were inappropriate and had the courage to report this misconduct to family and then law enforcement.

 
 
 

Wyoming Doctor Paul Harnetty Faces Charges He Sexually Assaulted Six OB/GYN Patients

The disturbing trend of doctors and other health care personnel committing sexual assault on patients continues throughout the nation. In the latest example, former Casper, Wyoming obstetrician/gynecologist Paul Harnetty was arrestedon charges of 12 counts of sexual assault and attempted drug possession.handcuffed doctor

Harnetty, 46, could face between 18 and 225 years in prison for charges of nine counts of second-degree sexual assault and three counts of third-degree sexual assault, according to K2 Radio in Wyoming. The criminal warrant cites the alleged sexual assault of six female patients in the Casper, Wyoming area. Harnetty separately faces a drug charge after law enforcement found synthetic steroid Nandrolone during a search of his home.

The former obstetrics and gynecology specialist stopped practicing medicine in Wyoming in October 2015 and moved to Minnesota at some point between April and September 2016, according to the Casper Star Tribune. The Wyoming Board of Medicine filed a complaint against Harnetty after receiving several complaints of rule violations in February 2016.

Harnetty previously faced a state board investigation in Georgia in 2010, when he worked in a hospital there.

Prosecutors plan to extradite Harnetty from Minnesota to Wyoming to face the sexual assault charges.

Attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing lawsuits nationwide on behalf of victims of sex assault by doctors or other healthcare personnel. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual assault, please email attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RESTRICTS LICENSE OF KISSIMMEE MASSAGE THERAPIST FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

 

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has issued two Orders of Emergency Restriction of License (Order #1 and Order #2)  against Kissimmee, Florida massage therapist Robert Lindelof alleging that he committed acts of sexual battery upon two female clients in June 2016 and “constitutes an immediate, serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida.”  As a result of the Emergency Orders, Robert Lindelof is immediately restricted from performing massage therapy on female clients. In addition, Lindelof is facing felony criminal charges in Orange County, Florida for battery and sexual battery.

According to the Emergency Orders, Robert Lindelof’s sexual misconduct included rubbing his crotch against a client’s hand, touching a client’s vagina, and inserted his finger into the vagina of a female client.  The DOH alleges that the clients did not request, or consent to any sexual contact.  All sexual contact by a massage therapist upon clients constitutes sexual misconduct and a violation of Florida’s Massage Practices Act.

Robert Lindelof (License #MA70155) was employed at Essentials Spa and Salon Metrowest located at 1507 Park Center Drive #1K, Orlando, FL 32835 when the sexual misconduct is alleged to have occurred.   According to public records, Lindelof has been licensed as a massage therapist since 2012.The Department of Health is now seeking permanent revocation or suspension of Robert Lindelof’s professional license.

Sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz has represented numerous women sexually assaulted by massage therapists.  He stated: “Women who receive massages place great trust in their therapists. There are not many other situations in which a person would be undressed in a prone position in a dimly-lit room with a complete stranger. It is a horrific betrayal when someone goes to a massage for relaxation but gets exploitation. Unfortunately, the massage industry appears to attract an extraordinary number of predators.”

ttorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing lawsuits on behalf of victims of sex assault by massage therapists. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual battery at a massage appointment, please email attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.

Florida Department of Health Files Complaint against Jacksonville Massage Therapist for Alleged Sexual Misconduct

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The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has issued an Order of Emergency Restriction of License against massage therapist Colton Nielson alleging that he committed an act of sexual battery upon female client and “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, Mr. Nielson is immediately restricted from perform massage therapy on female clients.

According to the Emergency Order and the Administrative Complaint filed on January 10, 2017 against Colton Nielson, he inserted his finger into the vagina of his female client during a massage therapy appointment in August 2016.  The DOH alleges that the client did not request, or consent to, Mr. Nielson’s sexual contact.  All sexual contact by a massage therapist upon client constitutes sexual misconduct and a violation of Florida’s Massage Practices Act.

According to the Department of Health, Colton Nielson was employed at Elements Massage Skin and Laser Therapy in Jacksonville, Florida in August 2016.  Elements is located at 12795 San Jose Blvd., Suite 9, Jacksonville, Florida.   According to public records, Nielson has been licensed as a massage therapist since 2013.

In its Complaint, the Department of Health seeks permanent revocation or suspension of Colton Nielson’s professional license.    Xexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz has represented numerous women sexually assaulted by massage therapists.  He stated: “Women who receive massages place great trust in their therapists. There are not many other situations in which a person would be undressed in a prone position in a dimly-lit room with a complete stranger. It is a horrific betrayal when someone goes to a massage for relaxation but gets exploitation. Unfortunately, the massage industry appears to attract an extraordinary number of predators.”

Attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing lawsuits on behalf of victims of sex assault by massage therapists. He can be reached by contacting our law firm at (954) 641-2100.

New York Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse May Soon Have More Time to File Civil Lawsuits

gov-andrew-cuomoHow many years should a child sexual abuse survivor have to file a civil lawsuit following an assault? According to some New York State lawmakers, 50 years sounds about right.

Historically in New York State, victims of child sexual abuse had a very narrow statute of limitations to bring a civil lawsuit seeking justice for past abuses. Most victims of childhood abuse had until their 23rd birthday to bring civil actions. For those who were in the state or privately contracted systems, any civil lawsuit claiming sexual abuse must be filed with 90 days of the alleged attack.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has publicly announced his support of the Child Victims Act, which completely removes any statute of limitations on prosecuting perpetrators of child sex abuse. It similarly would allow victims of child sex abuse to bring civil lawsuits seeking damages up to 50 years from when they were attacked.

For those who thought their time to act had passed, the proposed bill would provide a one-year look-back window for survivors who under current law can no longer bring cases.

This law is long overdue. Children’s rights advocates, prosecutors, and civil attorneys who sue on behalf of victims of sexual abuse know that it often takes years – or even decades – for memories to resurface or for victims of abuse to process what occurred and gain the emotional capacity to come forward.  If this bill passes, numerous youth servicing organizations, schools, and religious organizations including the eight Catholic Dioceses in the State of New York may soon be flooded with claims:  Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Albany, Diocese of Brooklyn, Diocese of Buffalo, Diocese of Ogdensburg, Diocese of Rochester, Diocese of Rockville Centre, and Diocese of Syracuse

Our firm actively investigates and is handling claims of abuse throughout New York. We support this proposal and the promise of closure it can bring to survivors of sexual assault.

Adam Horowitz is a nationally acclaimed attorney for victims of sexual abuse and is known among his peers as an aggressive and passionate advocate. If you or someone you know has as questions about New York’s Child Victims Act or wants to discuss such a claim, please email attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.

 

 

Tampa Teacher Arrested on Charges He Molested Disabled Student at LaVoy Exceptional Center

george summers molest studentHillsborough County teacher George Summers, age 68, has been criminally charged with molesting a teenage student.  Prior to his arrest, Summers taught special needs students at LaVoy Exceptional Center, where the abuse is alleged to have occurred.  LaVoy Exceptional Center school is located at 4410 W. Main St. in Tampa.

After conducting interviews, police detectives charged Summers with lewd and lascivious molestation of a disabled person by an authority figure over a student.  Two witnesses told police they saw Summers approach the student from behind, grab the student’s waist and groin and begin “grinding” his crotch into the student’s bottom, according to arrest records. The incident allegedly occurred at LaVoy while Summers was supervising the student.  Arrest records say the student is “unable to effectively communicate” because of his or her disability.

Later that day, school officials learned of the incident, called Tampa police and removed Summers from the classroom.

Summers has taught at LaVoy Exceptional Center since 2009, said a Hillsborough County School District spokeswoman. According to his Facebook page, George Summers teaches reading, language arts and social studies to students with autism spectrum disorder.  Summers entered the Hillsborough County School District in 2005 as a teacher at Burns Middle School in Brandon, then worked as a substitute teacher and at Horace Mann Middle School in Brandon before starting at LaVoy. From 1988 to 2003, he worked in Washington, D.C., public schools, according to his Facebook page.

Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing lawsuits on behalf of victims of sexual abuse within schools.  If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual abuse, please email attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100

Baltimore County church volunteer charged with sexual abuse of child in daycare of Church of the Nativity

imgres-1A volunteer at a Timonium, Maryland church has been charged with sexually abusing a girl there, and Baltimore County police say he has held a string of other positions working with children.  Terrence Shondry Smalls, 26, of Cockeysville is accused of abusing a 4-year-old girl during a Sunday morning Mass on Nov. 27 when he was volunteering at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity day care, police said Friday.  Church of the Nativity is under the supervision of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

According to police, Terrence Smalls advertised baby-sitting services for children under age 6 on the website Sitter.com.  He was recently working as a classroom assistant for special-education students at Pot Spring Elementary, and previously worked at that school’s before- and after-school programs, authorities said.  Between July and October of this year, Smalls worked at the Little Gym in Hunt Valley, police said. In addition, between 2011 and 2015, he volunteered with Girl Scouts that met at Pot Spring and Epworth United Methodist Church.  Smalls has no children of his own, according to law enforcement.

Cases like this are every parent’s worst nightmare.  Children should be safe in day cares and at churches. We commend this child for having the courage to come forward to law enforcement and if there are any other children who may have been harmed, we encourage them to come forward.

If your child or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse at a daycare or pre-school or in a church, contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com. 

 

Brevard County, Florida Church Youth Director Arrested For Sex With Minor

Jon Schils sexual Bethel Baptist churchJon David Schils, a 27-year old youth ministry director at Bethel Baptist Church in Cocoa, Florida has been criminally charged with molestation of a 14-year old girl he met through his ministry.   Schils has been charged with fourteen instances of lewd and lascvious battery in Brevard County.  The arrest was made after law enforcement recorded a phone call in which Schils told the girl not to tell her mother about having sex.  Detectives also said they found evidence of sex between Schils and the minor at or near a ballfield where the two allegedly meet.  In addition to serving as a youth minister, Schils also assisted with the church’s after-school sports program.  Bethel Baptist Church is located at 1950 Michigan Avenue in Cocoa, Florida.   Schils has also been employed as a groundskeeper at Eastern Florida State College.

Cases like this involve the horrific betrayal of trust.  Children should be safe from harm while involved in youth activities at churches, such as  Bethel Baptist Church.  Instead, according to law enforcement records, Jon Schils betrayed that trust.  This alleged victim should be commended for reporting the abuse to her family and law enforcement.

Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing claims on behalf of victims of clergy sexual abuse.  If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual abuse, please e-mail attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.

Orlando Youth Pastor Arrested on Rape Charge Had Prior Abuse Claim

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A youth pastor from central Florida with a prior alleged history of sexually inappropriate conduct has been arrested after Orange County Sheriff’s investigators say he raped and kidnapped a young girl.  Thirty-five year old Samuel Pierre worked at Tabernacle of Prayer and Miracles International Church on South Rio Grande Avenue in Orlando.  Pierre faced similar charges in 2009 when another girl he knew from church accused him of sexual misconduct.   In both cases, the pre-teen girls though that Pierre was taking them to meet other friends but ended up alone with him, according to law enforcement records.  The 2009 case was dropped by prosecutors.

The girl’s mother told police that Samuel Pierre picked up her daughter to take her to a church youth group event in August 2016.  He was also supposed to pick up several other kids, according to law enforcement records.   The girl told her mother than Samuel never picked up the other kids and instead took her to a home where Samuel lived.  The girl fell asleep on a couch and when she woke up she asked for a cup of water.  After she drank it, she passed out and did not remember much of what happened, according to the arrest report.  She alleges she might have been drugged.  She did, however, remember Samuel taking her to a back bedroom and placing her on a bed where he raped her.  According to the report, Samuel threatened the girl not to tell anyone.

Cases like this involve the horrific betrayal of trust.  Children should be safe from harm while involved in youth activities at churches, such as Tabernacle of Prayer and Miracles International Church.  Instead, according to law enforcement records, Samuel Pierre was given the opportunity to and access to young girls despite his history.  These children should be commended for report the abuse to their family and law enforcement.

Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing claims on behalf of victims of clergy sexual abuse.  If you or someone you know has been a victim of clergy sexual abuse, please e-mail attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.