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Florida Health Department Restricts Jacksonville Massage Therapist William Daniel Corley Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

On December 3, 2021, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of William Daniel Corley in response to a report of sexual misconduct during a massage he performed while working at Essentials Massage and Facials in JacksonvilleThe Order immediately prohibits Corely from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida. Corely has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since March 2019. 

According to the Department of Health’s Emergency Order, on July 5, 2021, William Daniel Corley performed a massage on a female client. During the massage, Corley allegedly asked the client if she had any problem areas to concentrate on. The victim informed Corley that she recently pulled a hamstring. Corley asked her to disrobe and lay face down. Corley proceeded to massage the client’s neck, shoulders, and back. He then moved the sheet to expose her legs and he rubbed her thighs. Corley then touched the outside of the client’s vagina with his finger. He then moved to the other leg and touched it again. He then removed the sheet exposing her buttocks and began rubbing it in a circular motion. Corley then allegedly spread her buttocks apart, revealing her anus and vagina, and cupped her vagina.

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. 

Corley violated the massage therapist/patient relationship by touching the client’s vagina and spreading her buttocks exposing her anus and vagina. 

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.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at massage parlors and other spas and resorts. 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 at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

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Jacksonville Massage Therapist Morgan McGee Surrenders License After Admitting Sexual Misconduct

Jacksonville massage therapist, Morgan McGee, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida, which was accepted and adjudged as a discipline on November 29, 2021, by the Board of Massage Therapy. Following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health alleging sexual misconduct at Essentials Massage & Facials of Baymeadows, McGee agreed to cease practicing immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. McGee has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2016.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation of sexual misconduct made against McGee when working at Essentials Massage & Facials of Baymeadows, located at 9080 Golfside Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32256.  According to the Order, McGee self-reported that while performing a massage on a 35-year-old female client in June 2021, he groped her breasts, sucked on her nipples, and touched her vagina. McGee claimed that the encounter was consensual and that he paid for the massage. 

McGee’s personal Facebook page reveals a post from June 2021 stating, “It’s over gang. My Journey as A Manual Therapist is over. I am very sorry for letting all of you down.” It also lists his new business card as a Craniosacral Therapist.

The disciplinary order continues 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. 

Morgan McGee violated the massage therapist-patient relationship. A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client to induce or attempt to induce the patient to engage or to engage or attempt to engage the patient in sexual activity outside the scope of practice or the scope of generally accepted examination or treatment of the patient. 

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during a massage or spa service.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage at Essentials Massage & Facials of Baymeadows or any other spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer, Adam Horowitz today.

Jacksonville Youth Pastor Jeff Bedwell Arrested on Child Sex Abuse Charge

Jeff Bedwell Horowitz LawFORMER YOUTH PASTOR ARRESTED FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE IN JACKSONVILLE

A former Jacksonville youth pastor is in jail and facing multiple felony charges. In early July 2021, former Chets Creek Church youth pastor, Jeff Bedwell, was arrested and accused of sexual battery on a little girl. Bedwell, age 38, was booked into the Duval County jail, where he was held on a $500,000 bond.

According to an arrest report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jeff Bedwell worked at the Chets Creek Church on Hodges Boulevard. He and the alleged victim became close when he began grooming her as a 12-year-old girl. He sexually abused her two years later when she was 14, and continued throughout her teenage years.  The abuse allegedly included incidents of intercourse, oral sex, sexual touching, lewd text messages, and the exchange of graphic photos.

Bedwell is facing one count of unlawful sexual activity, one count of lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor between the age of 12 and 16, one count of lewd and lascivious sexual battery on a minor between the age of 12 and 16, and one count of transmitting harmful material to a child, according to Duval County jail records.

“Jeff Bedwell’s employment with the church was terminated more than two years ago for issues unrelated to the current charges now made against him,” according to a church official.  “Right now, our primary focus is to pray for any person who has been harmed and support them in any way they need,” the church said in a statement.    

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims on behalf of children who were sexually abused by clergy and youth leaders of all religious denominations.  If you or someone you know was sexually abused by a clergy member of any religious faith, 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.

EMERGENCY RESTRICTION ORDER ON JACKSONVILLE CHIROPRACTOR’S LICENSE AMID SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ORDERS EMERGENCY RESTRICTION OF JACKSONVILLE CHIROPRACTOR’S LICENSE AMID SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS

In response to sexual misconduct allegations, on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of Jacksonville chiropractor, Kenneth Zane Finger to practice in the State of Florida. The alleged abuse occurred at Finger’s practice, First Coast Chiropractic, located at 1550 Roberts Drive, in Jacksonville Beach.  

Back in December 2015, Finger was first placed on four years professional probation amid allegations he performed unwanted sex acts on a patient during a May 2014 appointment. As a condition of the settlement agreement, the Department of Health ordered that a chaperone must be present during examinations or treatments of female patients.

On March 5, 2020, Finger reportedly failed to have a chaperone present when he examined and treated a 20-year-old female patient. While laying on her back, undressed, with a sheet covering her, Finger allegedly performed acupuncture on the woman. According to the Order, Finger then had her turn over to lay on her stomach, exposing her right leg and buttocks. On multiple occasions throughout the appointment, Finger allegedly placed his erect penis in the patient’s hands. The patient removed her hand from his penis. She reportedly felt violated, embarrassed, and disgusted.

Finger’s alleged violation of the previous Dept. of Health Order demonstrates that the requirement of having a chaperone during appointments with female patients is not enough to protect the public. 

When patients schedule chiropractic appointments it is to feel better, improve bodily movement, manage pain and recover and heal from injuries or other medical conditions. They trust that doctors employed at the medical office are carefully vetted, professional and safe. It is both unacceptable and unlawful for any employee in the medical profession to touch a patient in a sexual manner. 

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against doctors on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched at medical offices. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a medical exam, 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.

Why is a December Arrest of a Catholic Church Youth Group Volunteer Only Being Publicized Now?

Cameron Eberbach was arrested two and a half months ago for a sex offense with a teen girl he met in the church’s youth group where he volunteered and chaperoned. But it’s only attracting attention now. Someone dropped the ball.

And while this case was ‘under the radar,’ let’s hope no one else got hurt.

In early December, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office apprehended 28-year-old Cameron Maxwell Eberbach of Atlantic Beach/Neptune Beach on charges of abusing a minor he met as a volunteer youth minister at St Paul’s Catholic Church in Jacksonville Beach according to police records.  He also worked recently at Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic according to news accounts.

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He admitted to the sexual contact when interviewed by law enforcement and is now out on bond.

According to one news source, a mom took action when she learned that her teenager “was involved in a sexual situation with the suspect.” We applaud this brave, smart parent who contacted law enforcement promptly. And we applaud the sheriff’s department for moving quickly.

We also urge anyone with information or suspicions about Eberbach, St. Paul’s parish, or the Diocese of St. Augustine to come forward immediately to law enforcement. That’s how to make sure the full truth comes out here.

Catholic officials reportedly “learned of his arrest on Dec. 5” and banned him “from serving as a volunteer in any capacity at the parish or youth programs of the Diocese of St. Augustine.”   As best we can tell, however, church officials refused to make this public, leaving potential witnesses, whistleblowers and unsuspecting families in the dark.

We urge reporters to be more accurate and avoid phrases like “was involved in a sexual situation.” Words like that imply that the youngster was a willing accomplice (instead of being or feeling manipulated, which is usually the case, even if the teen may not fully understand or realize this right now).

And here’s a different but still disturbing phrase from another news account: “A spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine confirmed Eberbach was a volunteer at St. Paul’s. . .”

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful surprise if that sentence had read A spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine DISCLOSED Eberbach was a volunteer at St. Paul’s. . .”

But of course, the diocese did NOT disclose. The victim, the police and the news media brought these alleged crimes to light, not church officials. Despite the Catholic hierarchy’s repeated claims that “we’re transparent these days,” in so many instances, they still aren’t.

While none of us can, of course, make church higher-ups act more responsibly, we can and should spread the word about this case and call police and prosecutors immediately if we learn anything at all that might be helpful to them in seeking the full truth.

Horowitz Law represents children and adults who were victims of sexual abuse by clergyman of all faiths.  If you or someone you know was a victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault at a church or other religious organization, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

 

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Jacksonville Massage Therapist Disciplined by Dept of Health Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

The Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order on August 5, 2019 restricting the license of massage therapist Anthony Nicholas Green in response to an allegation that he sexually assaulted a female client.  The incident is alleged to have occurred at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Jacksonville, Florida.  In recent years, massage therapists working at Hand & Stone locations throughout Florida have been cited repeatedly for alleged sexual misconduct.

Anthony Green has been licensed as a massage therapist since 2014.  According to the Emergency Order, Anthony Green  inserted his ginger into his client’s vagina without her consent during the massage appointment. The Emergency Order states Anthony Green’s sexual misconduct “constitutes an immediate, serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida.”  As a result of the Order, Green may not practice massage therapy on female clients.

All sexual activity involving a massage therapist and client is strictly prohibited in Florida.  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 and must refrain from placing their clients in situations that violate their safety and welfare.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa or any other massage location, please call our office at 1-888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options.

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Department of Health Restricts Hand and Stone Massage Therapist Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

The Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order on May 24, 2019 restricting the massage therapy license of Bernard Torres in response to female clients reporting Torres engaged in sexual misconduct during massage appointments.  The incidents were reported to have occurred at Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa, a massage establishment in Jacksonville.

The Department of Health found that Torres’ “unrestricted ability to provide massage services to female clients constitutes an immediate, serious danger to the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”  Bernard Torres has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since 2005.  Prior to this incident Torres was employed as a “lead massage therapist” at Hand and Stone in Jacksonville

According to the Department of Health’s Emergency Order, Torres was performing a massage on D.R., a 61 year old female on March 21, 2019.  While the patient was face-up, Torres moved the draping down to her hips exposing the client’s breasts without her consent. He then is alleged to have brushed his hands over the breasts several times and massaged her between the breasts.  The patient reported this activity to the managers of Hand and Stone as well as the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.  Prior to this alleged incident, Torres had been warned by Hand and Stone when a different female patient alleged that Torres exposed her breasts during a massage after numerous attempts to pull the draping up.

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.   Incidents such as this are a reminder that persons who may commit sexual misconduct work in all industries, even professions in which we typically place our blind trust.  All allegations of sexual abuse must be thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and employers must be especially vigilant in supervision and protection at all times.

Attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in handling claims nationwide on behalf of victims of sexual assault by massage therapists, including at Hand and Stone and other national chains, spas, and hotels. You can reach Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.