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Matthew Hike Horowitz Law

Hillsborough Coach/Teacher Accused of Sexual Misconduct at Two Schools

A teacher who also coached football has been arrested for sexual misconduct with minors at two schools where he worked in Hillsborough County, Livingstone Academy and Valrico High School.  Matthew Hike was initially arrested on Thursday, March 24, 2022, for allegedly inappropriately touching a 15-year old male student and showing pornographic content. According to news reports, Matthew Hike, age 33, was arrested at his home in Riverview. He was released on bail but is now facing criminal charges on five counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and three counts of selling or distributing obscene material to a minor.  He was then arrested again on April 6, 2022 for charges that on more than fifty occasions he molested one of his football players at Bloomingdale High School in Valrico.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office released a press statement noting that the incidents occurred at Livingstone Academy, located in Seffner, Florida. Staff members at Livingstone Academy, a Christian school for children with learning disabilities, reached out to HCSO after the grandmother of a fifteen year old student reported that a teacher had inappropriately touched her grandchild at the school. After a thorough investigation, detectives identified the teacher and found that Hike shared several images of pornographic nature with the student.  During an interview with law enforcement, Hike admitted to showing the pornographic images and then deleting the message.  

HCSO stated that Matthew Hike did not have the student in his class but encountered the teenager in the hallways. Hike was also an assistant football coach at Bloomingdale High School; however, a district spokesperson said he was a paid volunteer and is no longer allowed to volunteer with the district.  Investigators said a juvenile victim said Hike molested him more than 50 times while coaching his football team at Bloomingdale High School in Valrico.

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 and coaches 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 should take responsibility if they fail 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 another 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.

Benjermen Darlon Valladares Horowitz Law

Tampa Nurse Benjermen Valladares is Arrested For Sexual Battery on Patient

On May 8, 2021, Benjermen Valladares was arrested on sexual battery charges in Hillsborough County, Florida.  Benjermen Valladares is a nurse and the arrest was made in connection with a report that was made by one of his female patients in the emergency room at Tampa General Hospital, located at 1 Tampa General Cir, Tampa, FL 33606.  Benjermen Darlon Valladares, age 41, has been a registered nurse in Florida since 2006 and resides in Seffner, Florida. 

According to the Complaint, the sexual assault occurred after a female patient at Tampa General went to the ER mid-afternoon on May 8, 2021, for what she thought were COVID symptoms.  Valladares was assigned to her case and reportedly told the patient that he needed to examine her in private. According to the report, Valladares took her into the bathroom, put on gloves with lubricant, and began sexual assaulting the patient.  He allegedly got down on his knees, stuck his fingers inside of her vagina, and rubbed her chest. The patient asked Valladares what he was doing and immediately told him to stop. She left the bathroom and reported the incident to another nurse on staff. That nurse then called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, who then made the arrest. Valladares was released on a $25,000 bond on May 11.

On February 17, 2022, the Florida Department of Health issued a Final Order against Benjermen Valladares and accepted his surrender of his license as discipline and resolution of its administrative case against him.  Valladares agreed never to reapply for licensure as a registered nurse in Florida.

It is unacceptable, immoral, and unlawful for any hospital employee to touch a patient in a sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against nurses and doctors on behalf of clients who were sexually assaulted at hospitals, private practices, and rehab centers. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery under the care of a healthcare provider, 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.