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Vigiland D'Haiti Horowitz Law

Orlando Cheerleading Coach Vigiland D’Haiti Arrested for Allegedly Molesting Multiple Teens

On Sunday, March 27, 2022, Vigiland D’Haiti, an Orlando-area cheerleading coach and high school choreographer, was arrested at his Winter Garden home on multiple counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of victims ages 12 to 15. According to news reports, a warrant was issued on D’Haiti in Lake County for allegedly molesting several teens at World Cheer Center, Home of the Rush AllStars, located at 345 Hatteras Ave, Clermont, FL, for almost a decade. The body camera footage shows officers cuffing him, but D’Haiti begged officers to cuff him with his hands in front. 

In January 2022, the Clermont Police Department received several reports claiming that D’Haiti had sexually inappropriate contact with at least three children aged 14 and 15 between 2013-2021. According to the arrest affidavit, there has been an ongoing investigation on D’Haiti for over four months regarding him inappropriately touching his students. The report states D’Haiti would touch the girls’ hips and butts when he hugged them. Detectives found evidence that he also communicated to his students on Snapchat (Vig79) and Facebook. The report says that Vigiland D’Haiti would Snapchat the girls and say things like ‘you don’t love me?’ “I love you, I miss you,” and “you’re my favorite.” One of the alleged victims reported that he would make her sit on his lap to feel his erection. 

During the investigation, the Clermont Police Department reached out to DCF (Department of Children & Families) and learned there had been two potential victims who reported inappropriate behavior by D’Haiti in 2020. They also found another arrest on D’Haiti for alleged sexual misconduct, but that case was closed.

The Clermont Police released a statement by Sergeant Erin Razo stating, “The detectives have worked very diligently on this. We immediately contacted the USASF (United States All-Star Federation), and D’Haiti was immediately suspended, so he has not been able to work in his gym that he owns, here in the city.” Police also said the national cheer organization sent letters to parents of cheerleaders to let them know about the allegations.

One of the student’s parents commented, “I think it’s every parent’s worst nightmare really. It’s becoming commonplace, and it’s something very alarming.”

Vigiland D’Haiti, 39, is the co-owner of World Cheer Center, Home of the Rush AllStars. This Clermont gymnastics facility teaches children ages 3 to 18 years old. According to Rush AllStars website, Vigiland D’Haiti, or “Coach Vig” as the students called him, has been involved in cheerleading for 20 years. 

D’Haiti is also a Popwarner Nationals Judge, high school choreographer, and head all-star coach for the Rush Allstars. D’Haiti was hired in 2005 at Cypress Creek High School in Orange County as a computer tech teacher and cheer coach. He also was with Lake County Schools a couple of times, most recently at Dr. Phillips High Schoo and at East Ridge High School from 2016 to 2019. In January, he was placed on leave and is under investigation by the district’s Office of Professional Standards.

D’Haiti has been released on a $30,000 bond, pending investigation and trial.

It is expected that any institutions in which children learn and develop skills offer an environment in which they are safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse. Athletic coaches are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational and training needs of their players. Anyone who sexually violates children has no place working in community or school athletic programs. Any organization in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential coaches and protect their players. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing survivors of sexual abuse. We have handled multiple cases of sexual abuse by authority figures in schools. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, assaulted, raped, or molested by a coach, principal, teacher, or other school employees, 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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Orlando Massage Therapist Vladislav Dunaev Surrenders License After Arrest For Sexual Battery

Orlando massage therapist and owner of Modern Massage Mobile Spa, Vladislav Dunaev, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida, which was accepted and adjudged as a discipline on February 9, 2022, by the Board of Massage Therapy. Following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health after his arrest and sexual battery charges, Dunaev agreed to cease practicing immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. Dunaev has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2015.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an arrest on sexual battery charges. According to the arrest affidavit, Dunaev was initially arrested in October 2020 after a complaint was made to Winter Garden Police by a female client that hired Dunaev to perform an in-home 90-massage while working (and the owner) of Modern Massage Mobile Spa on June 29, 2020. She has had massages by Dunaev at least two other times prior, but this was the first that they were alone in the room. The massage took place in her living room and the victim told the police that the massage began as usual with her topless but with underwear on and a sheet covering the front of her.

During the massage, Dunaev massaged her breasts and then moved his hands over her nipples making the client very uncomfortable. Dunaev massaged her inner thighs, grazing her labia on each side, causing her to shift her body. Vladislav continued by sliding his hand inside the client’s underwear and inserted one finger into her vagina. She immediately told Dunaev to stop and he replied with “Oh. I didn’t mean to”. He then moved to massage her feet but the client said “No, this is done”. Shortly after, Dunaev returned to her residence in an effort to try to explain what had occurred and offered the victim a free massage to which she refused. He told her that he thought it would provide her with “full relaxation.” She provided a sworn statement desiring prosecution. Dunaev was arrested on July 2, 2020, on sexual battery charges.

In June 2021, Dunaev was placed on the sex offender registry, and in August 2021, he violated his probation by accessing the internet when he was instructed not to do so as a registered sex offender until he completed a sex offender treatment program followed by a risk assessment.

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. 

Vladislav Dunaev 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. He also then violed his probation.

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 or 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.

Agustin Gutierrez Massage Therapist

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

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order on Sept 1, 2021 restricting the massage therapy license of Agustin Gutierrez in response to a report of sexual misconduct during a massage he performed while working at a Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa location in Orlando The Order prohibits Gutierrez from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  Gutierrez has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since October 2017. 

According to the Department of Health’s Emergency Order, on May 26, 2021, Agustin Gutierrez was assigned to perform a 60-minute massage to a 24-year old female client.  The Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order on Sept 1, 2021 restricting the massage therapy license of Agustin Gutierrez in response to a report of sexual misconduct during a massage he performed while working at a Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa location in Orlando.  During the massage, Gutierrez allegedly informed the client that he provides in-home massages with “happy endings.” He then undraped part of the client’s sheet, exposing her right leg. The client claims Gutierrez then massaged her buttocks underneath the sheet, grabbed her vagina, and then grazed her perineum while applying pressure. He then asked client if she liked what he was doing. The patient immediately felt uncomfortable and ended the massage early.

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.  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 assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at various massage salons and spas. 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 for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Fr. Hubert Reason – Diocese of St. Petersburg

Father Hubert J. Reason

Diocese of St. Petersburg/Orlando

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Ordained: 1957

Died: 1984

Assignment History:

  • Patrick’s Catholic Church (Largo, FL)
  • Ignatius of Antioch (Tarpon Springs)
  • Theresa’s (Spring Hill, FL)
  • Mary Our Lady of Grace (St. Petersburg, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Hubert Reason:

In 2002, “several individuals” came forward with credible accusations that they had been abused by Fr. Hubert John Reason as minors. According to media reports, two brothers had come forward to allege abuse by Fr. Reason and Fr. Gerry Appleby, and by an Episcopal priest and an Episcopal seminarian. The men said that, in effect, the four traded them around. They claimed that Fr. Reason would also give them and other altar boys money and alcohol and take them to Tampa for professional wrestling.

In 2005, Reason was accused of sexually abusing a minor at an Altamonte Spring parish in the early-to-mid-1960s. A total of three claims were settled for $1.5M in 2005.

Fr. Reason left the diocese in 1978 and died in 1984, at age 60. He is listed on the Diocese of Orlando’s 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor and on the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s 2016 list.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of St. Petersburg 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.

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Fr. Peter Uniowski – Diocese of Orlando

Father Peter Uniowski

Diocese of Orlando

 

Ordained: 1975

Removed: 2003

Died:  August 10, 2021

Assignment History:

  • All Souls Chuurch
  • Our Lady of Lourdes
  • St. Anastasia
  • St. Teresa
  • St. Brendan
  • St. John Neumann Catholic Church (Lakeland, FL) – Pastor

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegation Against Father Peter Uniowski:

In 2003, Fr. Peter Uniowski was accused of inappropriate conduct with a 12-year-old girl. According to the report filed, the girl initially complained about Uniowski to a teacher, who notified the girl’s mother. The alleged abuse happened at the girl’s home when only she and her younger sister were there. Peter Uniowski, who was Pastor of St. John Neumman Catholic Church, admitted to visiting the family frequently, even when the girl’s parents were not home. No criminal charges were filed because prosecutors could not corroborate the girl’s allegations, but Uniowski was removed from his assignment by Bishop Dorsey.  In November 2020, Father Uniowski was placed on the Diocese of Orlando’s list of church personnel removed based upon a credible allegation of sexual sexual abuse of a child or vulnerable adult in the Diocese of Orlando.  Uniowski died on August 10, 2021 at the age of 70.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orlando 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.

Fr. Vernon Uhran – Diocese of Orlando

Father Vernon Uhran

Diocese of Orlando

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Ordained: 1969

Removed: 1992

Assignment History:

  • 1969-1973: Bishop Moore High School (Orlando, FL)
  • 1969-1973: St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church (Orlando, FL)
  • 1973-1976: Church of the Resurrection and Santa Fe High School (Lakeland, FL)
  • 1976-1981: St. Theresa Catholic Church (Belleview, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Vernon Uhran:

In 2005, Vernon Uhran was involved in five lawsuits alleging sexual abuse. The Dioceses of Orlando and St. Augustine agreed to pay $1.5 million to the men to settle lawsuits pertaining to sexual assaults that allegedly occurred during summer camp in the 1960s.

Two of the victims claimed that the Diocese knew of abuse in 1969 and did nothing except transfer Uhran. Uhran was removed from the ministry in 1992 after allegations of sexual assault surfaced. In 2010, another case was filed against Uhran. He is listed on the Diocese of Orlando’s 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orlando 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.

Fr. Oscar Salazar – Diocese of Orlando

Father Oscar Salazar

Diocese of Orlando

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Ordained: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • Our Lady of the Lakes (Deltona, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Oscar Salazar:

Fr. Oscar Salazar was accused of groping a 17-year-old boy in 1996 at Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Deltona. He was removed from assignment and sent to St. Luke’s in Maryland for treatment. Fr. Salazar is listed on the Diocese of Orlando’s 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orlando 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.

Fr. Fred Ruse – Diocese of Orlando

Father Fred Ruse

Diocese of Orlando

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Ordained: 1976

Retired: May 2018

Assignment History:

  • 1976-1979:  Church of Our Saviour (Cocoa Beach, FL)
  • 1979-1984: Holy Names of Jesus (Satellite Beach, FL)
  • 1984-1994: St. Paul Catholic Church, Pastor (Daytona Beach, FL)
  • 1994-2004: St. Matthew, Pastor (Winter Haven, FL)
  • 2005 Sabbatical:  January – July 2005
  • 2005-2006: St. John Vianney, Associate Pastor (Orlando, FL)
  • 2006-2015 Diocese in Dominican Republic, Missioner
  • December 2015 – March 2016:  Sabbatical
  • March 2016-May 2018: Church of Our Saviour (Cocoa Beach, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Fred Ruse:

Fr. Fred Ruse was accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy multiple times from 2001 to 2002 while the alleged victim was at the Demilly Correctional Institution in Polk City, Florida. According to a lawsuit filed in 2020, Fr. Ruse of the Diocese of Orlando used his status as a clergyman to meet privately with the boy. He actively groomed the boy and gained his trust by showering him with attention and giving him gifts such as Harry Potter books according to the complaint. As their relationship developed, Fr. Ruse allegedly began to fondle the victim’s genitals and masturbate himself to ejaculation. The complaint states that the sexual contact progressed to Fr. Ruse giving oral sex to the boy and receiving oral sex from him.

Fr. Ruse retired in 2018.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orlando 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.

Fr. Lawrence Redmond – Diocese of Orlando

Father Lawrence Redmond

Diocese of Orlando

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Ordained: 1964

Died: 2006

Assignment History:

  • Peter and Paul (Goldenrod, FL)
  • San Pedro Camp Florida
  • Blessed Trinity (Ocala, FL)
  • Prince of Peace (Ormond Beach, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Lawrence Redmond:

In 1995, Fr. Lawrence “Larry” Redmond was named in a lawsuit against Orlando’s Diocese, alleging that Redmond sexually abused a 15-year-old relative in 1980. The diocese settled with at least six men who claimed abuse by Redmond when they were minors. After accusations became public in 1994, Redmond was placed on leave and later retired.

Redmond died in 2006. A new suit filed in 2011 was filed by a victim alleging that Fr. Redmond sexually abused him in 1974, at the age of nine or ten. According to the suit, Fr. Redmond was in charge of summer sleep away camp for boys called Camp San Pedro when he met the boy and singled him out to accompany him on trips to the St. Johns River. He also invited him to spend the night at his cabin at Camp San Pedro.

Fr. Redmond died in 2006. He is listed on the Diocese of Orlando’s 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orlando 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.

Fr. Hubert Reason – Diocese of Orlando

Father Hubert Reason

Diocese of Orlando

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Ordained: 1957

Died: 1984

Assignment History:

  • Patrick’s Catholic Church (Largo, FL)
  • Ignatius of Antioch (Tarpon Springs)
  • Theresa’s (Spring Hill, FL)
  • Mary Our Lady of Grace (St. Petersburg, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Hubert Reason:

In 2002, “several individuals” came forward with credible accusations that they had been abused by Fr. Hubert John Reason as minors. According to media reports, two brothers had come forward to allege abuse by Fr. Reason and Fr. Gerry Appleby, and by an Episcopal priest and an Episcopal seminarian. The men said that, in effect, the four traded them around. They claimed that Fr. Reason would also give them and other altar boys money and alcohol and take them to Tampa for professional wrestling. In 2005, Reason was accused of sexually abusing a minor at an Altamonte Spring parish in the early-to-mid-1960s. A total of three claims were settled for $1.5M in 2005.

Fr. Reason left the diocese in 1978 and died in 1984, at age 60. He is listed on the Diocese of Orlando’s 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orlando 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.