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FLORIDA SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST DR. CLINTON SIMS FACING SEX ABUSE CLAIM

Dr. Clinton Sims Has License Restricted By Department of Health

Clinton SimsOn May 5, 2021, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of Clermont school psychologist, Dr. Clinton Eugene Sims. The order restricts Sims from working as a school psychologist in the State of Florida. It alleges that he had sex with a patient who was a former student he counseled at Montverde Academy. Sims received his license to practice as a school psychologist in September 2004. He has a right to appeal the emergency order, which prohibits him from practicing with female clients.

According to the order, Sims started counseling the 15-year old girl in February 2016 when she was a student at Montverde Academy. Despite later transferring from the school, the girl continued treatment with Sims in his private office through 2020. In 2019, Sims allegedly told her that he thought she was attractive, and sent her multiple sexually explicit messages. The state alleges that Sims had sex with her in December 2020 and January 2021.  

Florida law allows the state surgeon general to restrict a health care provider’s license upon a finding that the person poses an immediate danger to public health, safety, or welfare.  The order said, “Dr. Sims’ actions and disregard for the health of Patient show that he does not have the judgment or moral character to hold a position of power and trust. Dr. Sims’ blatant disregard for the laws and rules regulating his profession indicates that this behavior is likely to continue.”   The state’s disciplinary action to restrict Sims’ license limits his opportunity to endanger the public’s health, welfare and safety.

Finding the right mental health care provider can be challenging. We seek out seasoned medical professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion and empathy.  When we do finally decide on one, we hope to feel better over time, not be violated by the very person with whom we place our trust. Doctors hold a position of power in the physician-patient relationship under Florida law.  It is both unacceptable and unlawful for a healthcare professional to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while treating the patient.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, 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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Montverde Academy Fires Dean of Students and Investigates Sexual Contacts With Underage Student

Montverde Academy dean of students Jerry Matos has been fired by the school as it investigates a sexual relationship Matos allegedly had with an underage female student.  Matos, age 29, is also under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Children and Families.  Montverde Headmaster Kasey Kesserling also ordered Matos to vacate his school-provided home.

Matos has not been arrested or charged with a crime at this time.  Both Matos and the student he is alleged to have a relationship with have denied the allegations according the the Sheriff’s Office, but Matos did offer to resign when confronted with the claim. The law enforcement report also noted that the student initially told her family the allegations were true when they first came to light.

Montverde Academy is an elite, co-ed boarding school in Lake County, Florida with a nationally-recognized athletics program.  The school has produced multiple NBA players.  Matos had worked at Montverde Academy since 2009.  In addition to serving as dean of students since 2016, Matos also worked as the Academy’s director of baseball operations.