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HOROWITZ LAW FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST BOYS & GIRLS CLUB ALLEGING SEXUAL ABUSE OF 13 YEAR OLD GIRL

HOROWITZ LAW FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB ALLEGING SEXUAL ABUSE OF 13 YEAR OLD GIRL

In September 2020, Horowitz Law filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 13-year-old girl who was allegedly sexually abused while she was enrolled during the 2019 summer session at the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County located at 877 NW 61st Street in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The suit describes how a 17-year-old male club member sexually assaulted the girl, who was between her seventh and eighth grades in school.

The girl’s mother enrolled her daughter in the summer 2019 Youth Education Success Program with the understanding that she would be placed in a group with other club members similar in age and maturity, and that the children would be looked after by responsible adults. Under the classification of club members into age-specific groups, her daughter fell into the “Juniors” (11-13 year olds) category. “Seniors” were between 16-17 years old. The campus design of the Boys & Girls Club provided separate buildings in which the different age groups participated in activities.

Unaware that in the weeks leading up to the assault of her daughter in mid July 2019, “Junior” and “Senior” club members were allowed to spend time together. As such, one 17-year-old club member engaged in lengthy conversations with the 13-year-old and showered her with attention. So much so, that an instructor and employee of the  Boys & Girls Club, admitted under oath that he had to repeatedly reprimand the “Senior” to stay in his assigned seat. 

In the late afternoon of July 16, 2019, while in the computer lab together with other club members, the “Junior” girl and “Senior” boy sat near each other, talked and engaged in friendly horseplay. Soon after, the boy moved his seat directly next to the younger girl. Usually, two adults supervised the computer lab, but not on this date. The boy started touching the girl’s thighs and moved his hand up to her vaginal area. When he inserted his fingers into her vagina she repeatedly told him “No!” 

Eventually, the one supervisor present realized that the boy was acting inappropriately and sent him out of the lab. He never once asked the girl if she was okay and failed to offer any help. Furthermore, he did not report the sexual abuse at that time. Since the incident, the girl has suffered severe emotional trauma and has been hospitalized multiple times.

The Boys & Girls Club of America advertises its local clubs as having access to all the resources of the national organization, which serves 4 million children a year at 4,300 facilities.  A Hearst Media investigation in 2019 found an alarming 250 victims in 30 states who say they were sexually abused as children at the hands of employees, volunteers and other members of Boys & Girls Club of America affiliates. There is an expectation of trust when parents enroll their children in youth groups like the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County. As it is stated on their website, “The Safety and Well-being of Young People is Our Number One Priority.” Claims of offering a safe, fun environment for kids, “ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct”, fall flat. This is especially true when the organization claims it provides “significant resources to ensure this priority is achieved.” The very act they say they can ensure does not happen…does, and sadly, did.

Sexual abuse by a youth club employee or member not only breaches the trust of parents and their children, but it breaks the law. Any youth organization or institution in which sexual abuse is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly safeguard members and to protect the public. 

Horowitz Law has made obtaining justice for people sexually abused in the Boys & Girls Club a cornerstone of its sexual abuse practice. If you or someone you know have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery while involved with the Boys & Girls Club, 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.

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Fort Lauderdale Massage Therapist Has License Restricted Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

On August 30, 2018, the Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Sandro Moliere, who had last been working at Hand & Stone Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The Order prohibits Moliere from performing massage therapy on female client.  In the Order, Moliere is accused of making unwanted sexual contact with two female clients at Hand & Stone.  The Department of Health asserts that Moliere therefore represent an “immediate, serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public.”  According to Department of Health records, Sandro Moliere has been licensed as a massage therapist since October 2017.

At Hand & Stone in Fort Lauderdale, Moliere is reported on June 18, 2018 to have removed the underwear of a female client and then removed the draping covering his client’s breasts without her client’s consent.  He then allegedly massaged her breasts in a circular motion.  Moliere’s employment at Hand & Stone was terminated on June 22, 2018 on account of this incident. Thereafter, on July 15, 2018, another female client reported to Hand & Stone that Moliere massaged her breasts without her consent.

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.  Sadly, we see far too many cases in which massage therapists fail to exercise good judgment and betray the trust they are given.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Hand & Stone Spa locations.  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 at Hand & Stone Spa or any other spa location, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm for a free consultation at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz  at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

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Camp Live Oak Associate Director, Christopher Falzone, Arrested on Child Molestation Charges

Christopher Falzone, the associate director of Camp Live Oak, is accused of molesting a 10-year old girl who attended the camp where he worked.  Falzone is 35-years old.  He is accused of molesting the camper on 15 occasions when the campers would go to the beach or while they were on the bus together.  As is often the case with child sexual abuse, this does not appear to be an isolated incident by the alleged perpetrator.  In 2013, Falzone was working as a substitute teacher at Sheridan Elementary School and four students reported that he inappropriately touched them. One of the families has filed a civil lawsuit against Falzone.  At least one other child from Renaissance Charter School in Cooper City has accused Falzone of sexual misconduct.  According to public records, Falzone was later charged with additional crimes involving alleged sexual contact with a minor in Cooper City.

The alleged victim at Camp Live Oak told police she was alone with Falzone because she had broken her arm earlier in the summer and was unable to participate in swimming so Falzone sat with her while the other campers swam at the beach. Camp Live Oak has two locations — Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach.

During Falzone’s interview with police, they said he admitted to communicating with the victim on Facebook and whispering, “I love you” in her ear. However, he claimed he did not remember touching her. Falzone had worked at Camp Live Oak for eight years.  His picture and biography were quickly removed from the camp’s website but his pictures remain on the camp’s Instagram account.   Falzone is also a third-grade teacher at Renaissance Charter School in Cooper City.  According to Falzone’s LinkedIn bio, he previously worked as the Music Director at Two Rivers Church in Cooper City between 2012 and Volunteer Coordinator at the Young At Art Museum in Davie for six months from 2013 to 2014; and was a substitute teacher at Sheridan Hills Elementary from November 2008 through June 2013.

The alleged molestation was revealed when the child’s mother found that her daughter was talking on her cell phone with an adult male.  This resulted in further inquiry and discovery of inappropriate messages exchanged between Falzone and the minor.

Falzone’s arrest is a reminder that  no matter how picturesque the camp looks in its brochures, the risk of childhood sexual abuse in summer camp exists and it occurs more often than most people realize. No matter what we do to protect our children, there is always a risk that they may be harmed when they are away from us. In most states, there are laws in place to keep sexual predators out of daycare centers and schools. Rarely do the same prohibitions apply in the summer camp setting.

It is also a reminder for adults to be vigilant in monitoring the cell phone and social media use of children.  Parents should have access to and be aware of all messages exchanged by their children.

Attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in representing victims of child sexual abuse at summer camps in civil lawsuits. If you or someone you know was a victim of child sexual abuse at any summer camp, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

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Health Dept. Disciplines Fort Lauderdale Massage Therapist Robert Brush, Jr.

Fort Lauderdale massage therapist Robert Brush, Jr.’s massage therapy license has been restricted due to alleged sexual misconduct in an Emergency Order issued by the Florida Department of Health Surgeon General on August 10, 2018.  According to the Surgeon General, Robert Brush sexually assaulted a 48-year old female client at Hands on Health of South Florida when he put his fingers on her vagina and breasts at various times during the massage.  Brush is the owner of Hands on Health, which is  is located at 231 Southeast 12th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

As a result of the Emergency Order, Robert Brush, Jr. may not practice massage therapy on female clients.  The Order states that “Brush’s continued unrestricted practice as a massage therapist constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, and welfare of the public, and this summary procedure is fair under the circumstances to adequately protect the public.  Brush has been licensed as a massage therapist since 1999.  The Department of Health filed its Administrative Complaint against Brush on August 23, 2018 seeking permanent revocation of Brush’s massage therapy license.

All sexual contact between a massage therapist and client violates Florida law.  Clients of massage therapists are placed in isolated, vulnerable settings where they can be subject to abuse by  massage therapists. Due to the potential for abuse that is inherent under these circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and moral character to safely practice massage therapy.  Massage therapy ethics and criminal law prohibit a message therapist from abusing his professional relationship with a client by engaging or attempting to engage a patient in sexual activity outside the scope of practice.

We often see in these cases that the victims go in to a “state of shock” when the sexual contact first occurs.  This is normal.  When a person is trying to relax in a darkened room while getting a massage, sexual assault should be the last thing you expect.  As a result, it is often traumatic and shocking and the victim is often left temporarily speechless if not immobile while processing what is occurring.

If you have a been a victim of sexual assault in a spa or 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