Tag: School Sexual Abuse

Broward County Teacher Removed After THIRD Allegation of Sexual Misconduct With a Minor

Teacher Wyman Gresham of Lauderhill Stem-Med Magnet School in Lauderhill, Florida, has been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor for the third time. He is finally being removed from the classroom by the Broward County School Board.

According to state records, while working for the school district in 1998, Gresham allegedly offered money to a 13-year old female “if she would strip for him and perform sexual acts.”  A second allegation of misconduct followed in 2002 when Gresham was working at Dillard High School.  This time, a female student alleged that he touched her on her hip area and made inappropriate comments and gestures about sexual acts.  Despite those two complaints and an administrative finding of “gross immorality”, Gresham was able to keep his teaching certificate and remain employed by the Broward County School board.

Schools should always make child safety the highest priority.  School districts must take every measure to ensure they do not employ adults who may be unfit to be around children or pose a risk of sexual misconduct.

Sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in handling claims for students who are victims of sexual misconduct by teachers in the State of Florida.  You can reach Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.

After-school counselor takes plea bargain in child sex case–gets 20 years probation

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Broward County Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes sentenced Michael Nathan Jones to 20 years of probation and mandatory psycho-sexual evaluation after he pled no contest to charges of aggravated child abuse.

“Mr. Mike,” as the children referred to him, was employed as an after-care counselor at the school by After School Program, Inc. at Forest Hills Elementary School in Coral Springs. On June 28, 2016, three pre-teen girls testified in court that Jones touched them in a sexual manner between the legs in 2011. Sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz filed and settled a civil lawsuit on behalf of the first child to testify in court, who was 8 years old when she was allegedly molested (Broward County Circuit Court, Case No. 15-018809).  As reported in the Sun-Sentinel, the family received a  settlement of $450,000 in the civil lawsuit.

Jones was not found guilty of molestation charges in the first trial; however, pursuant to his plea deal in the second case, Jones will be on probation for 20 years and not be allowed to work or volunteer with children in the future.

Attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing lawsuits arising from sexual abuse in schools, day cares, and youth serving organizations.  If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual abuse in a school, day care, after school program, or a youth-serving organization or any other location, please email attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.

 

FIU Professor arrested on sexual assault charges

David RalstonOn June 16, 2016, Florida International University (FIU) professor David Ralston, age 69, was arrested at a hotel in Fort Lauderdale for allegedly assaulting his housekeeper.

In April, Ralston hired the female housekeeper after seeing an ad on Craigslist. She told the police that Ralston offered her a drink when she arrived at his home in Fort Myers and that 30 minutes later she began to feel disoriented. She suspects that she was drugged and passed out for a period of time. Ralston allegedly assaulted her while she was semi-conscious. She was found by her husband unconscious in Ralston’s driveway.  The Lee County Sheriff’s office said that during their investigation they found a surveillance video that captured the assault.

Ralston taught business at FIU for four years.  According to a statement released by FIU, the university is aware of the arrest and Ralston will not be teaching this summer.

Sex abuse attorney Adam Horowitz has substantial experience representing victims of sexual abuse or sexual assault. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault, please email attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.

Sentence Imposed in Stanford Rape Case is a Travesty

Brock Turner rapeLast week, Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Brock Turner to a mere six months in county jail after he was convicted of three felonies involving the rape of a woman at Stanford University.  Turner may wind up only serving as little as three months in jail.  Two Stanford University graduate students saw Brock Turner, a 20 year old student at Stanford University, thrusting himself on the woman whom they described as “unconscious” outside of a fraternity party after having too much to drink.

The sentence imposed by Judge Persky is shamefully lenient and inexcusable.

Unfortunately, this victim will have to live with this tragedy for the rest of her life.  The victim read a powerful impact statement in court saying the perpetrator “took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice…”

Giving lenient sentences to convicted rapists sends the wrong message.  It tells victims that the judicial system does not value their privacy, intimacy, and that their body is not worth protecting.  There are already enough obstacles for rape victims in coming forward to report their crimes.  Rape survivors must face difficult interrogations, along with other invasive protocols, to prove the crime. When there is a victim with the courage to come forward and a conviction is obtained, it is shameful to issue a sentence like this.  As a result, other victims become further reluctant to report their attack because they fear that the justice system will be unfair.  It also sends the message to society that these crimes are not taken seriously.

There is an online recall effort to replace Judge Persky on account of the remarkably lenient sentence he gave to Brock Turner.   The maximum sentence for Turner’s crimes is 14 years. The prosecutors asked for six years, but Turner got six months.

We encourage people to send a message to Judge Persky and judges throughout the country by reminding them that sex crimes are hideous, serious crimes and should be treated as such by the judicial system.

Sex abuse attorney Adam Horowitz has substantial experience representing victims of sexual abuse or sexual assault. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault, please email attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.