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Hiram Antonio Bonilla Horowitz Law

Florida Health Dept. Issues Emergency Order Against Nurse For Sexual Misconduct

On March 4, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued an Order of Emergency Restriction of Hiram Antonio Bonilla’s license to work as a registered nurse following disturbing allegations that he sexual assault a female hospital patient.  Bonilla  admitted to acts of sexual misconduct with a female patient, which led to his arrest in January 2021.  Hiram Bonilla has been a Registered Nurse in Florida since 2002.

The alleged sexual misconduct occurred while Bonilla was working as a nurse at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida located at 502 W Highland Blvd, Inverness, FL 34452.  According to the Florida Department of Health, on January 5, 2021, Mr. Bonilla was assigned to care for a 67-year-old woman at Citrus Memorial Hospital. The victim was admitted to the hospital for emergency care due to increased swelling in her legs and severe abdominal pain. During his shift, Bonilla reportedly entered the victim’s hospital room on several occasions and engaged in sexual activity with her while she was heavily medicated.

According to the Emergency Order and Arrest Affidavit filed on January 11, 2021, Hiram Bonilla began engaging with the victim with basic small talk while examining her that eventually turned sexual. The victim claims that Bonilla told her that he bets she is good at performing oral sex. Throughout her entire interaction with Bonilla, he would often enter her room and exit her room, performing sexual acts on her according to the Order. He would notify the victim of the medical treatment he was providing to her, but then he would transition to talking with her about sexual acts, which he would later perform on her.

The victim recalled at one point that the suspect entered her room, grabbed her hand, and used her hand to rub his penis over his pants. Bonilla began to fondle himself and groped the victim on her vagina with her legs closed over her clothing according to law enforcement records.  The alleged victim further advised that she recalls Bonilla entering her room to place a monitor on her chest. After undressing the victim, Bonilla informed her that she had “nice breasts” and asked her if he could suck on them, which he did.

Furthermore, while sucking on the victim’s breasts, Bonilla allegedly rubbed the victim’s vagina over her leggings several times. At one point, Bonilla allegedly said to the victim that he wanted to perform oral sex on her and that he wanted it reciprocated. The victim indicated Bonilla exposed his penis to her and asked her to “suck it .” Feeling obligated that she had to, she began to perform oral sex on Bonilla.

The alleged victim stated that she was administered morphine by Bonilla’s request several times throughout her stay, making her groggy and unable to move or call for help. She filed a report the next day, and Bonilla was arrested and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious battery against an elderly person in Citrus County on January 11, 2021.

According to the arrest affidavit, Bonilla admitted to inserting his penis in the victim’s mouth several times, sucking on her breasts, and covering the windows to conceal his acts.

According to the Order, by his own admission, Bonilla willfully abused his position as a nurse to sexually violate a vulnerable, elderly patient who trusted him with her health. Mr. Bonilla is not able to meet the minimal standards of acceptable and prevailing nursing practices required of a nurse. The misconduct is a blatant violation of his patients, and he poses a danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the patient’s under his care.

It is rarely pleasant going to a doctor or seeing a nurse, but when we do, we should be able to feel confident they’ll help us to feel better, not violate us.  We seek out seasoned medical professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion and empathy. We believe the doctors and nurses at the office are carefully vetted, trustworthy and safe. It is unacceptable for any healthcare professional, including doctors or nurses, to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while on the job.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, 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 at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Florida Massage Therapists Get Licenses Revoked

Multiple Florida Massage Therapists Lose License Due to Sexual Misconduct Complaints

On February 16, 2021, four licensed massage therapists in Florida had their license revoked following disciplinary actions brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy alleging sexual misconduct. 

These disciplinary Orders continue a long and disturbing trend of sexual misconduct by massage therapists statewide. Under Florida law, massage therapists occupy positions of trust, and all sexual activity between the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited.

Honghua Cai (Tarpon Springs): A Final Order of discipline was entered on February 15, 2021, against Cai’s license following an allegation that while providing a massage to an undercover law enforcement officer on January 24, 2012, Cai touched the officer’s penis six times, offered manual masturbation, and offered to shower with the officer. She also failed to report her nolo contendere plea multiple times and failed to report a DUI in a timely fashion.

Jinhua Jin (Kissimmee): A Final Order of discipline was entered on February 16, 2021, against Jin’s license following an allegation of sexual misconduct at Spa Asia in Kissimmee, FL. On December 11, 2019, Jin performed a massage on an undercover police officer. Jin offered to perform manual masturbation for an additional charge.

Dezhu Ren (Middleburg): A Final Order of discipline was entered on February 16, 2021, against Ren’s license (which has been voluntarily relinquished) following an allegation of sexual misconduct at a Polk County massage establishment. On March 5, 2014, Ren performed a massage on an undercover police officer posing as a client as there were multiple complaints about illegal sexual activity occurring at the studio. Ren asked the “client” to remove his underwear in which he replied, no. Ren pulled down the officer’s underwear and massaged his buttocks and inner thighs. Ren removed the client’s underwear without permission and threw them across the room. Ren offered manual masturbation in which the cop said, “no, you.” Ren then proceeded to rub his penis with both hands until he stopped her. He then notified police surveillance units through a covert audio recording device and placed Ren under arrest.

Hui Feng Li (Jacksonville): A Final Order of discipline was entered on February 16, 2021, against Li’s license following an allegation of sexual misconduct at Florida Oasis Massage and Spa. On June 14, 2017, Li performed a massage on an undercover cop posing as a client. During the massage, Li offered and agreed to perform manual masturbation on the Jacksonville Sheriff.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at spas and resorts.  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

 

Lamon Bibbs Horowitz Law

FLORIDA DEPT OF HEALTH TAKES ACTION AGAINST JACKSONVILLE NURSE FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

On February 11, 2021, the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) issued an Order of Emergency Restriction of Lamon Bibbs license to practice as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in the state of Florida following allegations of sexual misconduct. Bibbs was first licensed in Florida in 2014.

The alleged misconduct occurred while Bibbs was employed at All Care Home Nursing Services located at 6621 Southpoint Dr. N, Suite 120, Jacksonville, FL 32216.

According to the Florida Department of Health, on December 17, 2020, Mr. Bibbs was assigned home care for a disabled 4-year old in Jacksonville. During his shift, the patient’s mother allegedly heard strange sounds coming from the patient’s bedroom. The sounds were reported to be pornography. The mother then pulled up the video feed from the indoor camera in the patient’s room. She witnessed Mr. Bibb’s watching pornographic content on his cell phone while masturbating while the patient was in the room sleeping. The mother immediately went into the room, and Mr. Bibbs attempted to cover himself. She then asked him to leave.

Mr. Bibbs was questioned by All Care Home Nursing Services subsequently following the incident. Mr. Bibbs stated that he usually waited until the patient went to sleep before masturbating, admitting that he has done this multiple times before.

According to the order, the Surgeon General deemed Mr. Bibbs’ act of masturbating while on assignment and in the presence of a disabled minor and his admittance that this was not an isolated incident indicates that Mr. Bibbs is not able to meet the minimal standards of acceptable and prevailing nursing practices required of a nurse. The misconduct is a blatant violation of his patients, and he poses a danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the patient’s under his care.

It is rarely pleasant going to a doctor or seeing a nurse, but when we do, we should be able to feel confident they’ll help us to feel better, not violate us. Especially when it is in-home care and are inviting the healthcare professional into our homes. We seek out seasoned medical professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion and empathy. We believe the doctors and nurses at the office are carefully vetted, trustworthy and safe. It is unacceptable for any healthcare professional, including doctors or nurses, to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while on the job.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, 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 at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Aunali S. Khaku Horowitz Law

FLORIDA HEALTH DEPT. TAKES ACTION AGAINST ORLANDO NEUROLOGIST FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

On February 17, 2021, the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) issued an Order of Emergency Restriction of Dr. Aunali Khaku’s medical license prohibiting the Orlando neurologist from practicing on female patents following allegations of sexual assault at his primary practice located at 392 Rinehart Rd, Suite 3040 in Lake Mary, Florida. Dr. Aunali Khaku was employed as an Associate professor of Neurology at the University of Central Florida. He is a neurologist at Orlando Health in Lake Mary and Orlando and holds hospital privileges at South Seminole Hospital and Orlando Regional Medical Center.  He was first licensed in Florida in 2012.

According to the Florida Department of Health, in November 2020, a 69-year-old woman scheduled an appointment with Dr. Khaku for medical treatment regarding a cyst in her brain, severe migraines, and high blood pressure. Dr. Khaku was alone with patient in the examination room. Khaku proceeded to examine the patient’s neck and then asked her to lift her skirt. He then allegedly began massaging her buttocks while she was face down on the table. He then told her to sit back up because he heard someone coming. He then walked around her and reportedly began rubbing her breasts. The patient froze and felt nervous. Dr. Khaku then told her that he has never done this before and that his wife granted him permission to seek sexual gratification elsewhere. Dr. Khaku allegedly propositioned his patient to have sex, to which she said no. The patient expressed her dismay and that she was extremely uncomfortable. According to the Emergency Order, Dr. Khaku then told her to keep this between them only. He then directed her attention to his erect penis under his scrubs, and patient left the room.

According to the Order, the Surgeon General deemed Dr. Khaku’s misconduct as a blatant violation of his patient. The move to restrict his practice on females was swift as he poses a “serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the patient’s under his care” according to the Order.

It is rarely pleasant going to a doctor, but when we do, we should be able to feel confident they’ll help us to feel better, not violate us. We seek out seasoned medical professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion and empathy. We believe the doctors and nurses at the office are carefully vetted, trustworthy and safe. It is unacceptable for any healthcare professional, including a doctor, to touch a patient in any sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, 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 at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT DISCIPLINES TITUSVILLE MASSAGE THERAPIST AFTER MULTIPLE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT REPORTS

HEALTH DEPARTMENT DISCIPLINES LONGTIME TITUSVILLE MASSAGE THERAPIST AFTER MULTIPLE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT REPORTS

On Friday, November 20, 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of massage therapist, Thomas Gregory Grasso.  The Emergency Order prohibits his practice of massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  The Emergency Order was entered in response to three sexual misconduct complaints by clients at Daly Family Chiropractic in Titusville. Grasso, reportedly a subcontractor there, has been a licensed massage therapist since January 1993. 

On June 25, 2020, Grasso, age 57, performed a full body massage on a 42-year old female client he had seen several times in the past at Daly Family Chiropractic.  During the massage, he placed something soft in her hands. She was not sure what it was but it felt awkward. The following month on July 20, the woman booked another session with Grasso. Again, he placed something soft in her hands. On August 17, in another session, while massaging her buttocks, Grasso moved his hands closer and closer to her vagina, and told her that her muscles were “super tight” multiple times. According to the Order, he then touched on and around her vaginal area with his hands. Again he reportedly placed something soft in her right hand. It was his penis, according to the Order.

On September 10, 2020, Grasso performed a massage on a 52-year old female client he had previously seen several times over a two month period at Daly Family Chiropractic. According to the Order, during the session, he exposed his penis and placed it in her hands. The woman was “terrified and mortified,” and reported the incident to the Titusville Police Department.

On September 28, 2020, Grasso performed a massage on a 59-year old female client he had previously seen several times over a five month period at Daly Family Chiropractic. According to the Order, during the session, she felt him touch her wrist and hand with something soft, that made her suspicious. The following month, on October 7, the woman returned for another session with Grasso. While massaging her, he reportedly removed his penis from his shorts and rubbed it one her.  The Order says he started masturbating and touched her back, shoulders and hair. He then reportedly asked her to turn over on her back. He proceeded to pull her hands and arms over her head and rubbed his penis on her hands and wrists. Disturbed by the incident, she reported it to the Titusville Police Department. He was arrested and charged with battery and exposure of a sexual organ.

According to the Department of Health, Grasso flagrantly disregarded the laws and regulations governing massage therapists by willfully violating the massage therapist-patient relationship.  The Order ensures he can no longer pose an immediate, serious danger to the public’s health, welfare and safety, pending a final hearing by the Department. When clients book a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa will act professionally and expect they 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 misconduct claims against massage therapists and spas on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during a massage. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage by Thomas Grasso, please 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.

LAWSUIT: Teenage Boy Molests Little Girls at Brooksville Day Care Center

Daycare sexual lawsuit

On November 3, 2020, Horowitz Law filed a lawsuit in Hernando County Circuit Court against Ellie’s Day Care Center located at 449 Bell Avenue in Brooksville, Florida.  The lawsuit, filed on behalf of a woman and her two minor daughters, alleges that the girls were sexually molested by a teenage boy enrolled at the center.  During an interview with detectives, the teenage boy admitted he committed sex acts that constitute sexual battery of the girls.  The facility director said “no” when asked by law enforcement whether she had notified other parents whose kids were at the center.

The lawsuit claims that in May 2019, a 13-year old boy sexually assaulted a 7-year old girl on multiple occasions. The incidents of abuse included digital penetration of the girl’s vagina and anus. The girl said it hurt and it frightened her. When she told the boy to stop, he refused. The abuse occurred once sitting on a bench in the playground and once when the lights were out while the kids were being shown a movie.

The lawsuit also claims that in May 2019 the same 13-year old boy sexually assaulted the girl’s 5-year old younger sister on multiple occasions. The incidents of abuse included the boy touching the girl’s vagina, both over and under her underwear.  She said it hurt and scared her and told him to stop, but he did not.  The assaults allegedly took place in open areas of the day care center that should have been strictly supervised by an adult. The lawsuit claims the younger girls should have been only placed with other age appropriate children. According to the lawsuit, both girls’ emotional, physical and psychological suffering is a direct result of the negligence of Ellie’s Day Care Center.

There is an expectation of trust when parents enroll their children in child care center. Sexual abuse by an enrolled youth, not only breaches the trust of parents and their children, but it breaks the law. Any day care center or institution in which sexual abuse is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly safeguard clients and to protect the public. 

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against day cares on behalf of children who were inappropriately touched at child care facilities, including pre-schools, daycare, and aftercare facilities.   If you or someone you know was a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a day care, please 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 DEPT OF HEALTH TAKES SWIFT ACTION AGAINST FLORIDA DOCTOR WITH SEXUAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINTS

On July 15, 2020, the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) issued an Order of Emergency Restriction of Dr. Saeed A. Khan’s medical license following allegations of sexual assault in his office located at 2257 Highway 441 North in Okeechobee, Florida. Dr. Khan, an Internal Medicine specialist, was first licensed in Florida in March 1999.

According to the FLDOH, in February 2020, a 54-year-old woman scheduled an appointment with Dr. Khan to discuss an upcoming surgery. She had been his patient since April 2005, and they developed a cordial rapport. Upon her arrival to his office, Dr. Khan told his staff members to leave them alone. After the consultation, Dr. Khan asked her to scratch his back. She did and then said she had to go. 

As Dr. Khan followed her to the door, he pulled down one side of her shirt and bra, and sucked on her breast. He then pulled down the other side and sucked on her other breast. On May 4, 2020 the woman reported the incident to a deputy with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office. A few weeks later, Dr. Khan admitted the assault and was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery. 

News reports of the sexual misconduct allegations against Dr. Khan prompted ten other patients to speak out regarding similar incidents with Dr. Khan being inappropriate with them during office visits. 

According to the order, the FLDOH deemed Dr. Khan’s misconduct as a blatant violation of his patient. The move to restrict his medical license was swift as he poses a “serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida.”

It’s rarely fun going to a doctor, but when we do, we should be able to feel confident they’ll help us to feel better, not violate us. We seek out seasoned medical professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion and empathy. We believe the doctors and nurses at the office are carefully vetted, trustworthy and safe. It is unacceptable for any employee, including a doctor, to touch a patient in any sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, 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 at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

TAMPA BAY TECH COACH CHARGED WITH SEX WITH MINOR

TAMPA BAY TECH COACH ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITH STUDENT

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested Reginald Jamal Lawrence, the head coach of the Tampa Bay Technical High School girl’s basketball team on multiple charges of illegal sexual activity with a minor student in 2016.  Detectives said the victim recently came forward to file a report.  In addition to being a girls’ basketball coach, Lawrence held the position of “Student Success Voach” at Tampa Bay Tech.

According to officials, Lawrence, 48, had sexual intercourse with the female student on six different occasions at his Ruskin home between April 1 and June 30 of  2016, when the alleged victim was a student at the school. She has since graduated. 

“Students trusted this man as their coach, and as a parent myself, I am absolutely disgusted,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister in a statement. “Nobody should ever have their childhood ripped from them as this young victim did. After years of suffering, I applaud the victim for coming forward so this man could face the consequences for his despicable actions.”

Lawrence, known as “Coach Reggie,” is recognized as one of Tampa Bay’s top girls basketball coaches. As coach since 2009, he took the Titan girls to five consecutive playoff appearances, including the school’s first state championship in 2019.

Lawrence has worked for the Hillsborough County School District since 1999. School district officials said this is the first allegation made against him but social media reports by former student suggest Lawrence’s reputation for sexual involvement with students was well-known within the school.

The Hillsborough County School District released the following statement: 

“We are shocked and deeply troubled by these charges. Our parents expected this individual to protect their children and he broke that trust. He will not be returning to our campus and is on administrative leave pending termination.”

Lawrence’s arrest warrant showed that on July 2 during a phone call with detectives listening in, he admitted to the sexual encounters. 

“The defendant also indicated he had no concerns with them being caught,” according to the report. Lawrence denied the allegations.

Considered a first-degree felony, a Hillsborough County judge set bond at $50,000. Anyone with information or who might possibly be a victim of Lawrence’s is encouraged to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.

When parents send their children to get an education, the expectation is that the institutions in which their children learn and develop skills, offer an environment in which they are safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse. 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 victims and survivors of sexual abuse. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by a coach, principal, teacher or other other school employee, 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.

HEALTH DEPT. ORDERS EMERGENCY LICENSE RESTRICTION OF CORAL SPRINGS ACUPUNCTURIST

                                               FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ORDERS EMERGENCY LICENSE RESTRICTION OF LOCAL ACUPUNCTURIST

 

On July 2, 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of Sergio H. Garcia, (Dr. Garcia) to practice acupuncture in the state. Garcia is co-founder of SAGA (Service of Acupuncture Guided by Angels), located at 10718 Wiles Rd, Coral Springs, FL 33076. 

According to the Emergency Order, in late April 2020, Garcia was sexually inappropriate with a female patient while giving her a treatment. After placing the needles, he gave her a full body massage, and told the patient he was giving her a tantric massage. He then “massaged” her vaginal and breast areas.  On two occasions, he allegedly penetrated the patient’s vagina with his finger.  According to the Order, he told her he was removing energy blocks from her body and then kissed her forehead. The Department of Health says that at no point during the session did Garcia ask permission of the patient to touch her in such a manner. 

Such brazen acts are outside the scope of acupuncture practice and are considered to be sexual misconduct which is against the law. The Department of Health found Garcia’s continued unrestricted practice as an acupuncturist, poses an immediate danger to the health and well being of Florida’s citizens. As such, a proceeding for disciplinary action against Garcia will be instituted.

The stresses of life can easily overwhelm us. When patients book an acupuncture appointment it is to manage pain, decompress and relax. They trust that the acupuncturist treating them is carefully vetted and safe. It is both unacceptable and unlawful for any employee to violate the trust of patients and touch them in a sexual manner. 

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against health care professionals on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during their appointment. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery by an acupuncturist or other health care worker, 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 at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

FORMER JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS LINEBACKER TELVIN SMITH CHARGED WITH HAVING SEX WITH MINOR

FORMER JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS LINEBACKER TELVIN SMITH CHARGED WITH HAVING SEX WITH MINOR 

Telvin Smith sexual abuse lawsuit

On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, a heavily armored SWAT team and detectives were seen at Former NFL Jaguar linebacker Telvin Smith’s, Jacksonville home. Smith, 29, was arrested after allegedly having sex with an underage girl. He was taken into custody and booked into the Duval County Jail. According to Smith’s warrant, he is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl multiple times, at his Jacksonville home and in his Cadillac Escalade last August and September. 

According to his arrest warrant, Smith met the girl at her job last summer and took pictures with her. Testimony from the girl and a co-worker revealed that Smith knew her age at the time because she told him she had recently celebrated her 17th birthday. After her first sexual encounter with Smith, she told a friend and family member what happened. 

After one meeting, Smith reportedly offered the teen $200 and told her not to tell anyone about their relationship or he could go to jail. He instructed her to say he was her “mentor” if anyone asked. According to police, the girl’s DNA was recovered from Smith’s SUV, which was collected as evidence in December 2019.

According to Florida Statute 794.05, the charge of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors is a second-degree felony. It applies to any person age 24 or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years old. 

Smith has been released from jail after posting a $50,000 bond. There is no court date listed. 

Child sexual abuse is a crime as a child cannot consent to any form of sexual activity. Child sex offenders present a very real level of risk to the public, and must be held accountable. When a perpetrator targets a child, they are committing a crime that can have life long lasting effects on the victim. 

If you are or someone you know has knowledge concerning any sex crime by Telvin Smith, contact law enforcement.  Horowitz Law is a law firm representing \ survivors of sexual abuse. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested, 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.