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Alan Li Miami Beach Doctor Sex Trafficking

Miami Beach Doctor Alan Li Arrested for Attempting to Sex Traffic a Minor

On May 12, 2022, the FBI arrested Alan Li, a resident doctor at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, for attempting to sex traffick a 12-year-old girl. Li faces charges of attempted sex trafficking of a minor and attempted coercion or enticement of a minor younger than 14. Li, 26, is being held at the Federal Detention Center in Miami until sentencing.

According to his arrest affidavit, the FBI began an investigation of Li after a tip was called in by a Ohio woman alleging Li tried to buy underage girls as sex slaves. The woman told the FBI that she initially met Li on a dating/escort site and met in person once. She told the FBI that during their date, she told Li that she was trafficked at a young age. The two lost touch for about a year, and in March 2022, Li reached out to her on Snapchat, asking if she knew how to find his friend, Michael Chen, young girls in the Miami area. Li wrote, “My friend wants to meet young girls and is willing to pay, can you help him out?” The woman asked what he was looking for, and Li replied back with “girls ideally 8-15.”

The woman told law enforcement she believed Li and Chen were the same person and that she knew Li worked at Mount Sinai Hospital. She also alerted hospital staff of Li’s actions. The woman allowed an FBI agent to take over her Snapchat account to communicate with Li/Chen. When Li contacted the woman for an update, the FBI employee gave him a phone number for an investigator posing as a “trafficker,” the affidavit said. The two messaged back and forth a few times and discussed payment. Li agreed to $500 for one hour with the 12-year-old. He then asked if he could pay in cash or Bitcoin, and said he didn’t want to use CashApp because he would have to provide his social security number.

The two also discussed a “long-term set up” and Li mentioned he had a “live in situation” before with a 13-year-old girl. They then discussed him purchasing a minor to live with him, and the “trafficker” asked how he would keep the 12-year-old “quiet and unseen.” He replied with, “Ya I mean I’ll keep everything locked up, but she is well behaved I assume?” Li asked if the “trafficker” had ever set up a permanent situation and how much it cost, and the “trafficker” replied a one-time payment of $20,000, to which Li said that was reasonable but that he had to meet her first.

According to media reports, the two arranged to meet on April 12, but Li canceled, saying he had to work late. There were no communications until April 29, when the “trafficker” messaged Li about having some high-end girls in town. For the next few days, they messaged intermittently about girls available, including ages and prices, and on May 2, Li messaged the agent asking if anyone was available. The “trafficker” wrote back that there were 12 and 15-year-olds available, and Li agreed to the rates. Li then messaged woman again saying that he was feeling nervous.

Li ultimately never followed through on arrangements to meet and buy an underage girl, but the FBI made the case in the criminal complaint record that investigators found probable cause that Li had attempted to traffic a minor for sex.

Mount Sinai released a statement stating, “Mount Sinai’s top priority is the safety of our patients, visitors, and employees. The individual is no longer employed with the medical center. Mount Sinai Medical Center cannot comment further on matters regarding ongoing investigations and legal proceedings. To the extent that we are aware of an incident, the appropriate authorities are contacted immediately and have our full cooperation.”

If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual miscodnuct by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have experienced legal counsel. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you have 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 

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Miami Beach Massage Therapist Christopher Mankarious Surrenders License After Sexual Misconduct Complaint

Miami Beach massage therapist, Christopher Mankarious, 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 Lapis Spa, inside the Fontainebleau Hotel at 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Mankarious agreed to cease practicing massage therapy immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. Mankarious has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2019 and also worked as an on-demand therapist with a mobile app, Soothe.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation of sexual misconduct made against Mankarious when working at Lapis Spa.  According to the media reports, the alleged victim was a guest at the hotel with her family in March 2021. She booked a 60-minute massage with Mankarious and changed into the robe provided. She stated that she doesn’t get massages often and didn’t know if it was customary to fully undress. Mankarious reportedly told the alleged victim to lie face down on the bed and that he would return shortly to start the massage.

The arrest report states that during the massage Mankarious moved his client’s body in a way that exposed her vagina, and then he penetrated her with his finger.  The report states Mankarious realized his client was upset and began to apologize repeatedly, tried to diffuse the situation, and resume the massage by placing his hands on the client’s shoulders. The alleged victim then said she wanted to stop the massage, and Mankarious left the room. She reported the incident to the spa and hotel staff, as well as the Miami Beach Police Department. Police said Mankarious was questioned about the incident by a manager and said, “My mind wasn’t clear. I misunderstood. I wasn’t in a clear state of mind.”  Detectives arrested Christopher Mankarious and charged him with sexual battery.  After initially invoking his right to remain silent, Mankarious reportedly volunteered that he grazed the victim’s vagina with his hand as he was massaging near her buttocks/thigh area.

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. 

Christopher Mankarious violated the massage therapist-patient relationship according to the Board of Massage Therapy. 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 Lapis Spa 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.

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Hialeah Psychiatric Hospital Technician Yadiel Perez Delgado Arrested on Sexual Battery of Patient

On Monday, May 10, 2021, Yadiel Perez Delgado, age 34, has been arrested and charged with sexual battery. Perez Delgado, a mental health hospital technician, is accused of raping a female patient on May 10, 2021 at Southern Winds Hospital, located at 4225 W 20th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33012.

The alleged victim reported the abuse to another hospital staff member, who then called the Hialeah Police.  According to the police report, the victim was alone in her room, she walked into her bathroom, and she noticed Perez Delgado entering the room, partially closing the door.

Perez Delgado allegedly then walked into the bathroom, held the patient down, and forcibly raped her. She claims that he stopped when her roommate walked into the room. The arrest report states that Perez Delgado denied raping the woman but admitted to digitally penetrating her, which he claimed was consensual. After reviewing the surveillance video, Hialeah police arrested Perez Delgado on charges of sexual battery, false imprisonment, and sexual misconduct in a mental health facility. 

The alleged victim informed the detectives of another incident involving inappropriate touching on a different patient by Perez Delgado, which the Hialeah Police Department says they are also investigating.

Perez Delgado has been a mental health technician at Southern Winds for about six weeks, and it was his job to check on his patients every 15 minutes. “Under no circumstances was he allowed to close the door; they aren’t supposed to close the bedroom door while in a patient’s room doing their job,” stated the chief nursing officer. Southern Winds CEO, Ana Bovo, released a statement saying that Perez-Delgado had been fired.

According to the Florida Department of Health’s license verification site, Yadiel Perez Delgado isn’t listed as a Florida licensed medical professional.

If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual misconduct by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have experienced legal counsel. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you have 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 

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Miami Beach Teacher Alexandra Handwerger Fired for Sexual Misconduct

Alexandra Handwerger, a 48-year old English teacher at Miami Beach’s Hebrew Academy, was fired on January 30, 2021, for allegedly sending nude videos and photos to current and former male students, including some who are now studying abroad in Israel.  A criminal investigation is ongoing.

According to an incident report, administrators at Miami Beach Hebrew Academy received an anonymous email informing them that a teacher was sending lewd and inappropriate pictures. The email also had a phone number, which led them to an administrator of a school in Israel that told Miami administrators that a female teacher from Hebrew Academy had been sending her male students (who were 18 years old or over) inappropriate nude photos and videos.

The school reported the teacher to the Miami Beach police on February 19, and although they are currently conducting an investigation, Handwerger has not been criminally charged at this time.  When questioned about the photos, Handwerger initially claimed she could not recall any of it, but then later admitted to taking the pictures/videos but doesn’t know how the students got them.

Handwerger was not only a teacher at the Academy but the head of the English department.  The academy addressed the matter in a letter to parents that read, in part, “We received information that there is a video and possible photos of a former teacher that are inappropriate. It is our understanding that some graduates and current students may have received copies of the videos and/or photos. We are unaware of how our students received the videos/photos at this time, but have been and continue to conduct a thorough investigation regarding the entirety of this serious matter.”

Handwerger is the estranged wife of former WSVN reporter Rosh Lowe. Lowe claims he is deeply distraught by this matter and that he is taking the allegations very seriously.  Handwerger is also known publicly as Alex Lowe.

Schools are educational institutions in which children can learn and develop skills in a nurturing environment. It is expected that they be safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse.  Teachers 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 must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential teacher 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 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.

 

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Department of Health Alleges Sexual Misconduct by Therapist at The Standard Spa in Miami Beach

The Florida Department of Health has issued an Emergency Order on October 29, 2018 restricting the massage therapy license of Marco Davila alleging he committed sexual misconduct complaint on two female clients at The Standard Spa in Miami Beach.   The Standard Spa is located at 40 Island Avenue in Miami Beach at the Standard Hotel.   As a result of the Emergency Order, Marco Davila may not practice massage therapy on female clients.  Davila has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since February 2017.

According to a Complaint filed by the Department of Health, on January 1, 2018, Davila performed a massage on a patient M.H., an adult female, at the Standard.  During the massage, Davila allegedly exposed patient M.H.’s breasts and vagina, without her consent.  He then rubbed patient M.H.’s breasts without her consent.  He also attempted to touch Patient M.H.’s vagina with his hand, without her consent, according to the Complaint.   On May 22, 2018, Davila performed a massage on patient M.M., an adult female, at the Standard.  During the massage, Davila exposed Patient M.M.’s breasts and vagina, without her consent.  Davila also rubbed Patient M.M.’s breasts and nipples, without her consent, according to the Complaint.

We have handled sexual misconduct cases involving incidents at Massage Envy, Hand & Stone, Massage Green, Massage LuXe, Elements Massage, Massage Heights, and many other locations.  In some cases, Adam Horowitz has represented multiple victims of a single massage therapist.  It is often the case that after one client comes forward with her account that additional victims of the same perpetrator gain the courage and strength to come forward as well.  There is strength in numbers and having the courage to expose your perpetrator may provide support to other victims in telling their story.

All sexual contact by massage therapists during a professional setting is prohibited.  For instance, Section 480.0485, Florida Statutes, provides as follows:

Sexual misconduct in the practice of massage therapy. — The massage therapist-patient relationship is founded on mutual trust. Sexual misconduct in the practice of massage therapy means violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship through which the massage therapist uses that relationship 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. Sexual misconduct in the practice of massage therapy is prohibited.