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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.

After-school counselor takes plea bargain in child sex case–gets 20 years probation

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Broward County Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes sentenced Michael Nathan Jones to 20 years of probation and mandatory psycho-sexual evaluation after he pled no contest to charges of aggravated child abuse.

“Mr. Mike,” as the children referred to him, was employed as an after-care counselor at the school by After School Program, Inc. at Forest Hills Elementary School in Coral Springs. On June 28, 2016, three pre-teen girls testified in court that Jones touched them in a sexual manner between the legs in 2011. Sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz filed and settled a civil lawsuit on behalf of the first child to testify in court, who was 8 years old when she was allegedly molested (Broward County Circuit Court, Case No. 15-018809).  As reported in the Sun-Sentinel, the family received a  settlement of $450,000 in the civil lawsuit.

Jones was not found guilty of molestation charges in the first trial; however, pursuant to his plea deal in the second case, Jones will be on probation for 20 years and not be allowed to work or volunteer with children in the future.

Attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing lawsuits arising from sexual abuse in schools, day cares, and youth serving organizations.  If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual abuse in a school, day care, after school program, or a youth-serving organization or any other location, please email attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.

 

Teenage Boy Allegedly Molests 3 Year-Old Girl at In-Home Daycare in Pasco County

Lucius-Gibson-300x300A 16 year-old boy from Pasco County, Florida is accused of molesting a 3 year-old girl at his mother’s daycare operated in their home. Lucius Isaiah Gibson, who goes by Isaiah, allegedly inserted his penis into the mouth of the child during nap time at his mother’s daycare, Thomas Gibson Family Day Care.

According to police, the incident took place during nap time, a time when the children were unsupervised. The 3 year-old victim told her parents about what happened.  Investigators believe that four other children, both boys and girls, may have been molested by Gibson. In addition to charging Gibson sexual battery, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is considering filing child neglect charges against Gibson’s mother and her employees.

In 2013, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office investigated similar allegations of “inappropriate touching” of a young child by Gibson.  Detectives at the time did not feel they had enough evidence to arrest Gibson, nor did the parents of the child decide to press charges.

According to police, Gibson admitted unintentionally exposing himself in front of the children but denied all other allegations.  The daycare’s operation have been suspended for 90 days pending further investigation.

Attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing lawsuits arising from sexual abuse in schools, daycares, and other youth serving organizations. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual abuse in a school, day care, after school program, or a youth-serving organization or any other location, please email attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.