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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 Rabbi Yosef Benita Arrested for Sexual Misconduct

On Wednesday, April 28, a Miami Gardens Rabbi and Jewish day school teacher was arrested on four counts of child molestation charges.  Yosef Benita, age 37, is a teacher at Lubavitch Educational Center, located at 7330 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33169. 

Yosef Benita voluntarily surrendered to the Miami Gardens Police Department and is being held without bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center for allegedly inappropriately touching a 10-year-old student during a tutoring session. The boy told his father on March 14 that his teacher intentionally touched him in his private area on three occasions and that Benita touched his own penis over his clothes. The alleged victim asked Benita to stop, but he continued, according to Miami-Dade police. The police also say that since the investigation started, a second victim came forward.

School officials released a statement Wednesday night that reads, in part, “We take any claim of inappropriate behavior very seriously, which is why we immediately reported to the appropriate authorities.”

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 are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational needs of their students. Someone who sexually violates young children has no place tutoring or otherwise working in the school system. Any school in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for protect its 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.

 

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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.

 

Fr. Arnulfo Arandia – Archdiocese of Miami

Father Arnulfo Arandia

Archdiocese of Miami

 

Ordained: 1980

Removed: 2002

Assignment History:

  • Unknown:  Diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry
  • 1988-1989: San Isidro Church (Pompano Beach, FL)
  • 1991:  St. Rita’s Church (Palm Beach County)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Arnulfo Arandia:

Fr. Arnulfo Arandia, was a priest in Guayaquil, Ecuador Diocese, ordained in 1980. 

In 2002, Arandia was accused of sexually abusing a former altar boy in 1988 behind San Isidro Church in Pompano Beach, Florida. The abuse allegedly took place in the boys’ trailer home behind the church because his family was having difficulties. The boy was 15 years old and reported the abuse to a deacon; According to media reports, Arandia was immediately transferred. The accuser also named Fr. Castellano as an abuser. 

In 2002, Arandia’s facilities were removed and he was suspended once the allegations surfaced. In 2004, the prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges due to the statute of limitations.

In 2019, Arandia was included on the Diocese of Jackson list named as being credibly accused of child sex abuse. It notes allegations reported in 2002 in reference to abuse of a minor in 1988. 

His current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Miami in Florida. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.