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Manatee County Teacher, Taylor Anderson, Arrested For Having Sex With Male Student

Taylor Anderson, an English teacher at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, surrendered herself to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on September 20, 2021, five days after a warrant was issued for her arrest.  Anderson has been an employee at the prestigious IMG Academy, a preparatory boarding school and sports training facility located at 5650 Bollettieri Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34210, since January 2021. 

According to media reports, Anderson was accused of having sex with a male boarding school student after school staff members notified the police of possible sexual encounters between Anderson and a 17-year-old student. Although the 38-year-old teacher refused to talk with detectives at the time, investigators found enough evidence to support the allegations after searching her residence, car, and cell phone. The student admitted to having sex with Ms. Anderson when confronted by the school administration. A subsequent investigation revealed that Anderson was communicating directly with the student via social media and text messages over several weeks.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, in July 2021, Anderson allegedly picked up a male IMG Academy student from his apartment and engaged in sexual acts while inside her vehicle while parked at the beach. On the victim’s phone, detectives found two Facetime videos from July 24 and Aug. 24. In the first, the victim and teacher can both be seen masturbating and Anderson is wearing an IMG Academy shirt before exposing her breasts. In the second video, Anderson is seen masturbating on her bed while the male student watches.  The student eventually stopped speaking with Anderson, telling detectives it “became weird when she wanted (redacted) to watch and look up videos depicting scenes in which younger (redacted) have sexual relations with older females and Taylor wanted (redacted) to live (redacted) fantasy,” according to the affidavit.

On September 14, 2021, IMG staff contacted the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office’s Crimes Against Children Unit to report the allegations about her unlawful behavior with an underage student. Detectives tried to arrest her at her home in Manatee County, but she was not there.

Anderson’s employment at IMG was terminated on September 15, 2021, and she surrendered herself five days later after admitting to the sexual abuse. She was charged with sexual battery by custodial authority, traveling to meet a minor, and transmission of harmful material to a minor. 

 

In 2016, Anderson was nominated for Teacher of the Year in Missouri and she is reportedly working on her second master’s degree.  IMG Academy released a press release stating, “We terminated Ms. Anderson’s employment the following day,” the statement continued. “Given there is an active law enforcement investigation, we are unable to share additional details at this time. Our focus is now on providing support for our student and his family.”

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 other school employees, 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.

 

FLORIDA HEALTH DEPT. RESTRICTS LICENSE OF MASSAGE ENVY EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR BATTERY

On November 19, 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the massage therapy license of Massage Envy – Bradenton’s massage therapist, Sean Thomas Mooney, prohibiting his practice of massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  The Emergency Order was entered in response to a sexual misconduct complaint by a 46-year old female client.  Mooney was also arrested for battery on his client.  The sexual assault is alleged to have occurred at the Massage Envy located in Bradenton, Florida. Sean Mooney, age 43, has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since September 2019.  

On September 20, 2020, Mooney performed a massage on his client who requested that he focus on her neck, shoulders and bac.  According to the Emergency Order and police report, Mooney massaged her left inner thigh and quad area and incrementally moved his hand closer to her vagina.  His thumb reportedly touched her vagina several times.  She froze and clenched her mouth shut unsure if it was accidental or being done on purpose. The Order states he then moved to her right inner thigh and quad area, and against touched her vaginal area several times. The patient reportedly interrupted Sean Mooney and asked him to focus on her problem areas. Later in the massage, Mooney is alleged to have lowered the sheet to expose the client’s breasts.  He allegedly massaged between her breasts and touched the side of both of her breasts. The client again interrupted Mr. Mooney and readjusted the sheet to cover her breasts.  Mr. Mooney then concluded the massage without speaking.  

On September 29, 2020, a Bradenton Police Department detective interview the  client, and she reported her breasts and vaginal area had been touched during the massage by Sean Mooney.  On October 1, 2020, a Bradenton Police Department office interviewed Mooney about his massage with the patient.  Mooney agreed to submit to a polygraph test.  According to law enforcement records, Mooney failed the polygraph and  later admitted during a audio/video recorded interview to having touched the client’s breasts and removing the sheet to completely expose the client’s breasts.  He admitted that he knew his actions were wrong.  He also said he might have touched the client’s vagina but not completely admit to doing so. Massage Envy terminated Sean Mooney’s employment.  On October 7, 2020, Sean Mooney was criminally charged with battery. Massage Envy’s manager confirmed to law enforcement that Mooney’s techniques during his session with the alleged victim were not proper procedure.

When clients schedule a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy franchises and other spas and resorts. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, 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 for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Kenneth Bannister massage arrest

Bradenton Massage Therapist Arrested For Sexual Misconduct at Elements Massage

Bradenton massage therapist Kenneth Geren Bannister has been arrested on a charge of Sexual Misconduct in the Practice of Massage Therapy The arrest involves an alleged incident at Elements Massage on June 17, 2018 in which Bannister reportedly used his position as a massage therapist to engage in sexual activity with a female client.  Under Florida law, all sexual contact between a massage therapist and client is prohibited. Bannister has been licensed as a massage therapist since 2013.

According to public records from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the victim reported to law enforcement that Kenneth Bannister tied to kiss her at the end of the massage appointment but she moved her head away to avoid contact.  He then allegedly grabbed her breasts and moved his hands underneath the victim’s underwear and inserted his finger into her vagina. The police report then describes that Mr. Bannister allegedly moved the victim’s underpants aside and inserted his penis into his client’s vagina and eventually ejaculated.  When questioned by police, Bannister admitted to the sexual intercourse but told law enforcement it was “consensual.”

Elements Massage, where Kenneth Bannister was employed on the date of the alleged incident, is one of the fastest growing therapeutic massage franchises in the nation, with more than 240 locations in the United States and Canada.

A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have a been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, 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