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Pregnant Doral Teacher Heiry Calvi Arrested for Having Sex With Underage Student

Heiry Calvi, a 41-year-old teacher at John I. Smith K-8 Center in Doral, Florida was arrested on October 8, 2021, after facing accusations of having unlawful sexual contact with a 15-year-old male student.

According to police records, Doral police began their investigation back in March 2021, when they received a complaint from the Department of Children and Families that a teacher was having intercourse with an underage student who attended John I. Smith K-8 Center, located at 10415 NW 52nd St, Doral, FL 33178.

Multiple students had reported to faculty members that the boy was showing off videos of himself and Calvi having sex. The school reported it to the appropriate authorities and Doral Police got permission to search the 15-year-old’s cellphone. The report states that detectives found photos of the teen naked with Calvi, along with text messages between the two, expressing their love for each other. The student and teacher first became close when Calvi began tutoring him at his house in late 2020.

“There were photographs that were certainly inappropriate, that indicate that there was in fact an inappropriate relationship,” said Doral Police spokesperson Rey Valdes. Miami-Dade County Public Schools officials said she was removed from the classroom and put her on administrative duties where she had no contact with students immediately after the school learned about the allegations in March, but wasn’t arrested until now.  It has been confirmed that the married teacher is in fact pregnant, but no published reports at this time on the identity of the father. Calvi declined to comment on the allegations.

Calvi was charged with two felony charges including lewd and lascivious battery and electronic transmission harmful to minors. She was also in possession of a firearm on school property. She was released on bond.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools released the following statement regarding the arrest:
“Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is disturbed by today’s arrest involving inappropriate employee behavior. When the District was apprised of these allegations in March, the employee was immediately reassigned to a non-school site location. The District will begin employment termination proceedings and will ensure the individual is prevented from seeking future employment with this school system. M-DCPS will continue to review its employee training to ensure that our workforce is fully aware of the District’s professional expectations of them and their ethical obligation to safeguard children.”

Calvi is the third South Florida teacher to face charges this week for having inappropriate actions with a student. This is every parent’s worst nightmare. Schools should always be a place where parents can trust that their children will be cared for and protected from harm.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has substantial experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the school system. If you have been a victim of sexual misconduct by Heiry Calvi or have any knowledge about such events at John I. Smith K-8 Center, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz today.

Sex Assault Complaint Leads to Emergency Restriction on License of Orlando Massage Therapist from Hand and Stone

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of David Nazario on July 17, 2017.  According to the DOH, Nazario sexually assaulted a 41-year old female client at a Hand and Stone franchise in Orlando, Florida in May 2017.  During a massage appointment, Nazario reportedly lowered the draping to expose his client’s genitals and then touched her vaginal area and breasts without her consent.  The DOH Order stated that “Nazario willfully abused his position as a massage therapist to sexually violate a woman who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment.”  As a result of the Order, Nazario is prohibited from practicing massage therapy on female clients pending a final disciplinary hearing.  Nazario has been licensed as a massage therapist since February 2016.

Clients of massage therapists are placed in isolated, vulnerable settings where they can be subject to abuse by their massage therapists. Due to the potential for abuse that is inherent under these circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.   Incidents such as this are a reminder that persons who may commit sexual misconduct work in all industries, even professions in which we typically place our blind trust.  All allegations of sexual abuse must be thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and employers must be especially vigilant in supervision and protection at all times.

Aattorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in handling claims nationwide on behalf of victims of sexual assault by massage therapists, including at Massage Envy and other national chains, spas, and hotels.  You can reach Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.

Kendall Psychotherapist Arrested, Accused of Patient Molestation

Doctors are trusted members of society who are counted on when patients need them the most. Earlier this week, psychotherapist Pedro Garcia of Kendall allegedly broke that trust when a 13-year-old patient of his came forward to report that she was the victim of molestation during a recent visit to his office located at 9010 SW 137th Avenue, Unit 114, in Miami, Florida.

Garcia, age 67, is accused of lifting the victim’s shirt and rubbing her stomach, grabbing her during an attempt to escape, and kissing her while rubbing her body, according to NBC 6 Miami. A judge has ordered Garcia to stay away from all children under 18 years old. Garcia, who is listed at the owner of PJ PsychoTherapy, is a well-known mental health counselor who focuses his practice on insomnia, anxiety, and ADHD related cases.

Incidents such as this are a reminder that all allegations of sexual abuse must be thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and that employers — especially those whose employees interact with children — must be especially vigilant in the supervision and protection of our children at all times.

Attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing lawsuits 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.

Follow-Up: Department of Health Issues Emergency Restriction on Coral Gables Massage Therapist Charged with Felony Sexual Battery

In March 2017, Massage Envy therapist David Egusquiza was arrested and charged with felony sexual battery of a female patient at the Miracle Mile location in Coral Gables. That same alleged misconduct led the Florida Department of Health to issue an Emergency Order restricting Egusquiza’s massage therapy license.

The department found that “Mr. Egusquiza’s continued unrestricted ability to provide massage services constitutes an immediate, serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public.” As a result, he is hereby immediately restricted practicing massage therapy without a supervisor present. Egusquiza is awaiting trial in Miami-Dade County on the felony charge.

Incidents such as this are a reminder that persons who may commit sexual misconduct work in all industries, even professions in which we typically place our blind trust. All allegations of sexual abuse must be thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and employers must be especially vigilant in the supervision and protection of our citizens at all times.

Attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in handling claims nationwide on behalf of victims of sexual assault by massage therapists, including at Massage Envy and other national chains, spas, and hotels. You can reach Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.

Palm Bay Pastor Arrested, Accused of Molestation of Teenage Girl

Samuel Vidal sexual abuse

Samuel Vidal, Jr., 40, a Palm Bay pastor and past president of a Christian school, stands accused of improper conduct with a 15-year-old girl at Restoration Church of God International.   According to law enforcement records, Vidal, Jr. was arrested by Palm Bay police and charged with one count of lewd/lascivious molestation of a minor.

Vidal has most recently been working at Overcomers Academy on Palm Bay Road.  The arrest follows an 8-month investigation which began when the parents of the 15-year old girl reported the molestation to law enforcement.

Incidents such as this are a reminder that even in locations where children should be safe — such as a church or religious school  — 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.

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

 

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.

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.

New Lawsuit Alleges Owner of Sunrise, Florida Courier Business Sexually Assaulted Female Employee

jeffbassA new lawsuit filed by Sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz alleges that the owner and president of Direct Messenger Service, Jeffrey Bass, sexually assaulted a female employee on multiple occasions during her employment with the company  between 2013 and 2015.  Direct Messenger Service is a courier company in Sunrise, Florida.

According to the lawsuit filed in Broward County Circuit Court (Case No. 16-017570), the alleged victim was subjected to multiple sexual advances by Bass, including the grabbing of her breasts and buttocks in the workplace. In addition, the lawsuit contends that Jeffrey Bass continued these actions after the employee made known that she not want to be touched in a sexual manner.  The lawsuit also contends that the employee ceased working for Direct Messenger Service on account of Bass’s alleged sexual misconduct.

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

Washington D.C. Dentist Charged With Drugging and Sexually Assaulting Patients

Former Washington dentist, Bilal Ahmed, has been criminally charged with sexually assaulting three male patients while they were anesthetized.  In 2014, Dr. Ahmed, 44, was treating a male patient at Universal Smiles DC in the 2300 block of M Street NW when the patient, after being administered nitrous oxide through a face mask, realized Ahmed was sexually assaulting him, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for District of Columbia said in a statement.

Ahmed’s dental practice’s office manager, Mahsa Azimirad, 26, of North Bethesda, who allegedly lied to a grand jury during the Ahmed investigation, was also indicted on one count of perjury, according to prosecutors.

The crimes Dr. Ahmed are accused of committing are an extraordinary violation and breach of trust.  We hope that justice is served in this case.

 Attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing a lawsuit on behalf of victims of sexual assault by healthcare professionals.  If you have a been a victim of sexual assault by a health care professional, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Women’s Health Magazine Investigates Sexual Assault by Physicians

Farmer Jaffe Women's health

Sexual assault by physicians happens shockingly often. Women’s Health magazine covers this disturbing truth in a Special Investigative Report in their November issue. The report discusses attorney Adam Horowitz’s client, Dawn Marie Basham who is being represented in a pending lawsuit alleging that she and many other patients were sexually assaulted by Delray Beach’s Dr. Manuel Abreu.

 

While victSexual Assault Attorneys ims suffer for years, most doctors go unpunished because of a system that protects doctors. This important article shares some simple tips for women on how to protect themselves from physicians.

Click here to read the full article.