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Massage Therapist, Youssef Habbouli, Gets License Restricted Due to Sexual Assault Complaint

On July 29, 2022, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapist license of Youssef Habbouli, after an alleged sexual assault complaint was made by his client. The order prohibits Habbouli’s practice of massage therapy on all female clients in the State of Florida. Habbouli has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since May 2008.

According to the Emergency Order, on June 2, 2022, Youssef Habbouli was assigned to perform a 60-massage on a 21-year-old female client at J. Sterling’s Wellness Spa in Clermont, FL The client was lying face down when Habbouli began the massage and about mid-way through, he asked the client to flip on her back. Habbouli slightly separated her legs and undraped the sheet to uncover them. He massaged up her legs to her thighs and touched/rubbed the client’s vagina with his fingers multiple times. Habbouli then stretched the client’s legs and bent them each into a “frog” position which exposed the client’s vagina. Habbouli never explained his technique or why he touched the client’s genitals. The woman felt uncomfortable and left when the massage was over.

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. 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 those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy. Mr. Habbouli 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. Habbouli’s violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that he lacks the good moral character and judgment necessary to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at various massage salons and spas. 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.

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Orlando Cheerleading Coach Vigiland D’Haiti Arrested for Allegedly Molesting Multiple Teens

On Sunday, March 27, 2022, Vigiland D’Haiti, an Orlando-area cheerleading coach and high school choreographer, was arrested at his Winter Garden home on multiple counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of victims ages 12 to 15. According to news reports, a warrant was issued on D’Haiti in Lake County for allegedly molesting several teens at World Cheer Center, Home of the Rush AllStars, located at 345 Hatteras Ave, Clermont, FL, for almost a decade. The body camera footage shows officers cuffing him, but D’Haiti begged officers to cuff him with his hands in front. 

In January 2022, the Clermont Police Department received several reports claiming that D’Haiti had sexually inappropriate contact with at least three children aged 14 and 15 between 2013-2021. According to the arrest affidavit, there has been an ongoing investigation on D’Haiti for over four months regarding him inappropriately touching his students. The report states D’Haiti would touch the girls’ hips and butts when he hugged them. Detectives found evidence that he also communicated to his students on Snapchat (Vig79) and Facebook. The report says that Vigiland D’Haiti would Snapchat the girls and say things like ‘you don’t love me?’ “I love you, I miss you,” and “you’re my favorite.” One of the alleged victims reported that he would make her sit on his lap to feel his erection. 

During the investigation, the Clermont Police Department reached out to DCF (Department of Children & Families) and learned there had been two potential victims who reported inappropriate behavior by D’Haiti in 2020. They also found another arrest on D’Haiti for alleged sexual misconduct, but that case was closed.

The Clermont Police released a statement by Sergeant Erin Razo stating, “The detectives have worked very diligently on this. We immediately contacted the USASF (United States All-Star Federation), and D’Haiti was immediately suspended, so he has not been able to work in his gym that he owns, here in the city.” Police also said the national cheer organization sent letters to parents of cheerleaders to let them know about the allegations.

One of the student’s parents commented, “I think it’s every parent’s worst nightmare really. It’s becoming commonplace, and it’s something very alarming.”

Vigiland D’Haiti, 39, is the co-owner of World Cheer Center, Home of the Rush AllStars.  This Clermont gymnastics facility teaches children ages 3 to 18 years old. According to Rush AllStars website, Vigiland D’Haiti, or “Coach Vig” as the students called him, has been involved in cheerleading for 20 years. 

D’Haiti is also a Popwarner Nationals Judge, high school choreographer, and head all-star coach for the Rush Allstars. D’Haiti was hired in 2005 at Cypress Creek High School in Orange County as a computer tech teacher and cheer coach. He also was with Lake County Schools a couple of times, most recently at Dr. Phillips High Schoo and at East Ridge High School from 2016 to 2019. In January, he was placed on leave and is under investigation by the district’s Office of Professional Standards.

D’Haiti has been released on a $30,000 bond, pending investigation and trial.

UPDATE: As of July 2022, Virgiland D’Haiti is now facing federal child pornography charges involving an allegation that he demanded nude photos from a underage girl who considered the coach a “second father,” sent her “dick pics” via Snapchat, and possessed sexually explicit photos and videos of “young girls [in] varying states of undress.”   After state charges were brought, law enforcement seized D’Haiti’s cellphone and then Clermont detectives got a search warrant to forensically analyze the device. On it, investigators discovered an app, Private Photo Vault, that protects chosen files in a password-protected folder—in this instance, D’Haiti’s date of birth. Once inside, investigators found “multiple nude photographs of a female subject who appeared to be a juvenile,” according to the complaint. In a screenshot of a video chat with one of the girls, D’Haiti can be seen shirtless in the top corner, it says. Although investigators said all seven pictures were sexual in nature, investigators said only one—an explicit video apparently recorded on a bathroom floor—met the legal definition of child pornography.  When police looked through the contacts on D’Haiti’s device, they say they matched the alleged victim in the offending pictures and videos with the phone number of a 16-year-old girl.  On May 9, the teenage girl sat for an interview with detectives from the Clermont PD and admitted she “had sent D’Haiti nude videos and photographs of herself, at D’Haiti’s demand, using Snapchat,” the complaint states, adding that the teen said D’Haiti sent “what she described as ‘dick pics’” on “at least 3 or 4” occasions.

It is expected that any institutions in which children learn and develop skills offer an environment in which they are safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse. Athletic coaches are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational and training needs of their players. Anyone who sexually violates children has no place working in community or school athletic programs. Any organization in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential coaches and protect their players. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing survivors of sexual abuse. We have handled multiple cases of sexual abuse by authority figures in schools. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, assaulted, raped, or molested by a coach, 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.

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Clermont Acupuncturist Arrested for Sexual Battery of Teenage Patient

Clermont, Florida acupuncturist Matthew Johnson has been arrested on charges he sexually battered a 16-year old female patient during an acupuncture procedure.  According to law enforcement records, Matthew David Johnson allegedly placed his fingers in his teenage patient’s vagina and then forcibly put his mouth on her vagina to perform oral sex.  The Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order on January 29, 2019 on account of this alleged incident.  According to the Order, “Mr. Johnson’s continued practice as an acupuncturist constitutes an immediate, serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida, and this summary procedure is fair under the circumstances to adequately protect the public.”

Johnson is an acupuncturist renting space at One Yoga and Fitness in Clermont, where the molestation allegedly occurred.  The teenage girl had been a patient of the Dr. Johnson for a few weeks but this was the first time he violated her according to police records.  Matthew Johnson, age 48, has been a licensed acupuncturist in the State of Florida since 2011.  He was arrested by the Clermont Police Department on a felony charge at his home in Groveland on October 31, 2018.  Police records say Johnson had a prior arrest for sexual battery on victim under 12 years old and a kidnapping charge.

In a national investigation, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution examined documents that described disturbing acts of physician sexual abuse in every state. Rapes by OB/GYNs, seductions by psychiatrists, fondling by anesthesiologists and ophthalmologists, and molestations by pediatricians and radiologists.  Victims included babies, adolescents, senior citizens, drug addicts, and jail inmates.  But it could be anyone. Some patients were sedated when they were sexually assaulted. Others didn’t realize at first what had happened because the doctor improperly touched them or photographed them while pretending to do a legitimate medical exam.  Too often hospitals and health care organizations will brush off accusations or quietly push doctors out, the investigation found, without reporting them to police or licensing agencies.  We commend this alleged victim for having the courage to come forward.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have a lawyer experienced in these matters. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnelIf you have a been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, 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