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Palm Coast Social Worker Robert Batie Get License Revoked Due to Sexual Misconduct With Teen Client

On June 9, 2022, Palm Coast social worker, Robert Batie, had his license to practice as a clinical social worker in Florida revoked following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling just eight months following the Emergency Order. Batie has been a licensed social worker in Florida since 2017.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following Batie’s arrest back in August and subsequently charged with one count of sexual battery on a minor 12-18 by a person in custodial authority, two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, and one count of sexual misconduct by a psychotherapist. According to law enforcement, Batie admitted to each act of unlawful sexual activity, as well as his awareness that the victim was a minor. 

According to police records, the victim’s school referred the child to Palm Coast Counseling to treat generalized anxiety. Batie met with the alleged victim alone for approximately eleven sessions, each lasting about one hour. During those sessions, police reports indicate Batie engaged “in a course of conduct that could be interpreted as grooming.” Towards the end of the victim’s treatment with Batie, reports revealed that Batie spoke to the victim in a suggestive manner.  Florida’s Department of Health says Batie wrote in the treatment notes that the patient was dressed in a “seductive manner” a day before the assault.

On June 28, 2021, during the victim’s last therapy session, Batie reportedly made inappropriate sexual comments and continued to escalate his sexual advances. Reports say Batie positioned himself behind the victim and asked her about her sexuality. Batie also forced the victim to perform and receive oral sex. When the assault ended, Batie warned the victim not to tell anyone because Batie could get into “big trouble” since he was an adult and the patient was a minor.

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order restricting Batie’s social work license on October 13, 2021, on account of this complaint. The allegations made against Batie were deemed credible as there was sufficient evidence. Subsequently, Batie’s license has been revoked, along with a $1,500 fine. He also must pay the investigation fee of $3402.

Batie violated the therapist-patient relationship. A social worker 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.

“Mr. Batie’s conduct of sexually assaulting a minor patient under his care, who trusted him to act professionally and in their best interest, indicates that he is unable to practice as a clinical social worker with reasonable skill and safety to patients,” the Department of Health said in its emergency suspension order.  Given the nature of the abuse and Batie’s conduct, the Department of Health labeled Batie’s behavior “an immediate, serious danger to the public health” and decided against allowing him to keep his license with restrictions.

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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Ex Miami Substitute Teacher Enreeka Nalasco Arrested For Giving Underage Girls Drugs for Sexual Favors

Enreeka Nalasco, a former substitute teacher in Miami/Dade, was arrested Friday, May 13, 2022, on charges including human trafficking, traveling to meet a minor, specific uses of computer services or devices prohibited, unlawful use of a communications device, and contributing to the delinquency of children. He is being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center without bond.

According to media reports, Miami Beach Police began the investigation into Nalasco in late March after an officer was alerted that a few female students between the ages of 11 and 14 at Nautilus Middle School in Miami Beach, were in possession of narcotics and electronic vape pens. When the police officer asked where the students could have gotten such items, they were told that they were given the drugs from a man known as “Swaggy,” whom they met on the social media app, Snapchat.

The police report stated that “Swaggy” allegedly sold the girls’ vape pens, marijuana, marijuana cards, and nicotine in exchange for sexual favors or cash as payment. They told police that Swaggy drove to deliver the goods and sexual favors at neighborhood parks and the young girls’ homes in Miami Shores.

Investigators discovered that “Swaggy” was Enreeka Nalasco, 32, a former substitute teacher at Miami Beach Senior High School. According to his arrest report, Nalasco was terminated from his teaching job back in October 2018 after he was investigated internally for inappropriately contacting a student through a social media platform.

Nalasco’s Victims

One of Nalasco’s victims is a 13-year-old girl who was suspended for having narcotics on school grounds. The girl said she bought the vape from “RealSwaggye” on Snapchat.

Another victim is a 12-year-old girl. She claims Nalasco added her on Snapchat after seeing they had mutual friends and then sold her a vape for $40. The girl said Nalasco offered other drugs and medical marijuana cards, but she blocked him on Snapchat after he told her she was pretty and that he wanted to kiss her.

Another victim, a 14-year-old girl, stated that Nalasco added her on Snapchat and sold her a vape pen for $40. She gave him her address, and when he arrived, he told her to get into his car. After she got in, he reached over and put his hand on her thigh, and told her she was pretty. The girl said she felt uncomfortable and blocked him on Snapchat.

Two other girls, 11 and 12-years-old claim that Nalasco offered to sell them narcotics in exchange for “kisses inside his vehicle.”

A 14-year-old girl said she had purchased items from Nalasco and he had expressed a sexual interest in her. On Valentine’s Day 2020, he got a hotel room for them and sent her an explicit video of him masturbating. The teen said she was offered drugs and nicotine in exchange for sexual favors, and that Nalasco drove from his home in Hollywood, FL to her home in Miami Beach to have sexual contact with her.

Another victim is a 12-year-old girl claiming Nalasco sexually battered her in Miami Shores after meeting him on Snapchat and agreeing to buy a vape pen. The girl showed police officers messages between her and Nalasco, which revealed that he also received nude photos of the girl.

A statement was released by a representative of Miami-Dade County Public Schools that read, “Miami-Dade County Public Schools is deeply disturbed by the troubling allegations made against this former employee. This individual has not been employed with M-DCPS since 2018 and is precluded from seeking future employment with this District.”

Enreeka Nalasco is just one of several South Florida teachers to face charges this year for having inappropriate actions with a student. This is every parent’s worst nightmare. Schools should always be a place where parents can trust that their children will be cared for and protected from harm.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has substantial experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the school system. If you have been a victim of sexual misconduct by Enreeka Nalasco or have any knowledge of him, please contact o our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz today.

Ft. Lauderdale Massage Therapist Jesse Crocker Has License Revoked Due to Sexual Misconduct

On March 3, 2022, Ft. Lauderdale massage therapist, Jesse Crocker, had his license revoked following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy alleging sexual misconduct at Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa in Davie, Florida. Crocker had been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since September 2016

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation made against Jesse Crocker when he was working at Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa in Davie. An administrative complaint was filed in August 2021 after Crocker performed a 60-minute massage on a 25-year old female client. During the massage, Crocker allegedly exposed the client’s breasts, removed her facial mask to kiss her, and placed the client’s hand on his exposed erect penis. Crocker then allegedly reached under the sheet and placed his hand onto and massaged the client’s vaginal area. Afterward, Jesse Crocker reportedly stated, “I’m so sorry, I couldn’t control myself” and attributed his misconduct to “another form of stress relief.”  The client reported the incident to Hand & Stone that same day and canceled her membership.  Hand & Stone conducted an internal investigation and terminated Jesse Crocker’s employment.

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order restricting Crocker’s massage therapy license on August 2, 2021, on account of this complaint. Crocker never replied and the Board of Massage Therapy did find the allegations were credible. Subsequently, Crocker’s license has been revoked, and he has to pay a $2,500 fine. He also must pay the investigation fee of $1143.

There are numerous pending civil lawsuits involving sexual misconduct against Hand & Stone franchises in the State of Florida. Under Florida law, massage therapists occupy positions of trust, and all sexual activity between the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Crocker violated the massage therapist-patient relationship according to his own admission to law enforcement.  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. 

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were sexually assaulted during massages at Hand and Stone and other spas and resorts. 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 at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

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Miami Massage Therapist Antonio Restrepo Gets License Revoked Due to Sexual Misconduct

On March 3, 2022, Miami massage therapist, Antonio Restrepo, had his license revoked following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy alleging sexual misconduct at Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa in Miami, Florida. Antonio Restrepo, age 52, has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since April 2018

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation made against Restrepo when he was working at Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa in Miami. An administrative complaint was filed in September 2020 after Restrepo performed a full body massage on a female client. In the last five minutes of the massage, while she was lying face up, Restrepo allegedly rubbed the woman’s breast for one to two minutes and then began to touch her nipples. She immediately told him to stop the massage and leave the room. According to the Order, he then apologized, said he thought she was a beautiful woman and left the room. 

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order restricting Restrepo‘s massage therapy license on October 29, 2020, on account of this complaint. Restrepo never replied and the Board of Massage Therapy did find the allegations were credible. Subsequently, his license has been revoked, and he has to pay a $2,500 fine. He also must pay the investigation fee of $2488.

There are numerous pending civil lawsuits involving sexual misconduct against Hand & Stone franchises in the State of Florida. Under Florida law, massage therapists occupy positions of trust, and all sexual activity between the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Restrepo violated the massage therapist-patient relationship according to his own admission to law enforcement.  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. 

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were sexually assaulted during massages at Hand and Stone and other spas and resorts. 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 at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

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Pembroke Pines Teacher Philip Velez Arrested, Admits to Sex with Student

On Sunday, January 9, 2022, Hollywood police arrested Philip Velez, a culinary arts teacher and basketball coach at Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, for allegedly having a sexual contact with a 17-year-old female student at his school. Velez, age 28, was arrested on charges of sexual assault on a minor and soliciting sexual conduct with a student while being an authority figure.

According to media reports, Philip Velez confessed to having a sex with the victim that began in December 2021. Velez admitted to Hollywood police that the two had sex multiple times and considered her his girlfriend. He also admitted that he knew it was wrong for them to be together because of the victim’s age, but they still were together because she was “almost” 18.

Velez was taken into police custody after Hollywood police were notified on Saturday by the victim’s father, who was told by his eldest daughter that the teen had been acting suspiciously over the last few weeks and that her cellphone locator showed her at an apartment complex in Hollywood. According to the arrest report, police went to the apartment unit the next day and made contact with Velez. Upon arrival, Velez admitted the teen was there at that moment and that they were in the middle of sexual intercourse when police knocked on the door.

The two were taken in for questioning and in a taped statement, the student claims that she met Velez after a school fundraiser in November and began texting back and forth before being together. She states that things got intimate a few weeks later, and she went to his Hollywood apartment several times in December, where they had sex. Velez was arrested and taken into custody.

On Monday, Velez appeared in court and the judge granted Velez an $85,000 bond. His attorney had asked for a reduced bond, arguing that the teen is less than 60 days away from being a consenting adult and that his family supports him in the matter. If Velez posts bond, he must surrender his passport and have no contact with the student or any other minor who is not a family member. He is also not permitted to return to the high school campus during the period of his release.

 A spokesperson from Broward County Public Schools confirmed that Velez has worked at Flanagan High School since July 25, 2019. They also released a statement saying, “He is currently active and there’s no additional information on his status at this time.”

Philip Velez is just one of several South Florida teachers to face charges this year for having inappropriate actions with a student. This is every parent’s worst nightmare. Schools should always be a place where parents can trust that their children will be cared for and protected from harm.

Horowitz Law has substantial experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the school system. If you have been a victim of sexual misconduct by Philip Velez or have any knowledge about such events at Charles W. Flanagan High School, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz today.

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Homestead Youth Pastor Rick Torcise Arrested For Sex Misconduct With Teen

Rick Torcise, a youth leader and Pastor at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship of Homestead, Florida, was arrested Tuesday, November 16, 2021, after claims were made that he repeatedly molested a teenage boy from his church. Torcise, age 67, entered a not guilty plea and was sentenced to a first-degree felony sexual battery charge. Torcise was released on a $10,000 bond, and the judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and any other minors.  Detectives fear Torcise may have sexually abused other minors who Torcise met as youth pastor and through a youth baseball league in which he was invovled.

The arrest report states that the 17-year-old victim said he engaged in sexual acts with Ricky Torcise from June to October of this year.  The boy told Miami-Dade police officers that he met Torcise at his church in June and that Torcise hired him to help out on his farm. The victim claims that he was groomed for several months while working on the farm. Finally, the teen confided to his father that Torcise repeatedly molested him and intimidated him into performing sexual acts in October. When they reported it to the Miami-Dade police, the victim stated that Torcise allegedly fondled him, rubbed his hands over the boy’s thighs and buttocks over his clothing several times, and forced him to give and receive oral sex with him. The boy claimed he did so out of fear. 

Detectives and the boy’s attorney fear that Torcise could have groomed and abused many other boys over the years, as he hired dozens to work on his farm. Detective Argemis Colome, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department, commented, “This is a person that the community trusts; this is a person that parents trust to guide their children. We’re asking anybody that may have had any interaction with this individual … this is the time to give us a call. We’re very fortunate that they came forward, which is why it’s very important to have that open line of communication with our children, so they can trust us in telling us when these situations are happening.”

Torcise is a title trustee of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship of Homestead, a youth leader, farmer, and businessman. He was also the manager of Florida Legends Baseball. Torcise’s arraignment is set for December 16. 

Torcise is just one of many authority figures to face charges this year for having inappropriate actions with a minor. This is every parent’s worst nightmare. Parents should feel confident that their children are safe with church officials and trust that their children will be cared for and protected from harm.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has substantial experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the church. If you have been a victim of sexual misconduct by Ricky Torcise or have any knowledge about such events at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship of Homestead, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz today.

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Tamarac School Teacher Leslie Wolfe Arrested, Admits to Sexual Abuse of Student

On Friday, November 12, 2021, Plantation police arrested Leslie Wolfe, a sixth-grade teacher at Bethlehem Junior Academy in Tamarac, for allegedly sexually molesting a 12-year-old female student while tutoring her at West Broward Regional Library in Plantation, Florida. Wolfe, age 63, was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim 12-16 years old by an offender 18 years old or older, and lewd and lascivious conduct by a person 18 years old or older.

According to media reports, Wolfe was taken into police custody after the victim told her mother that she met Wolfe in a study room at the library for a private tutoring session. During their meeting, the girl claims that Wolfe sexually abused her. The mother then called the teacher about the allegations and Wolfe stated that it was the devil that made him do it and apologized profusely. Wolfe also told the alleged victim’s mother that he contacted his church and was going to attempt to get help in reference to the devil making him perform these acts.

The arrest affidavit states that the victim was not a student at Bethlehem. Wolfe has been a private math and chemistry tutor for decades and he has tutored countless children over the years at various South Florida locations. Police are concerned there are more victims. Wolfe was held on a $150,000 bond at the Broward County Main Jail.

When contacted for a statement, a representative at Bethlehem Junior Academy had no comment about the disturbing allegations.

Leslie Wolfe is just one of several South Florida teachers to face charges this year for having inappropriate actions with a student. This is every parent’s worst nightmare. Schools should always be a place where parents can trust that their children will be cared for and protected from harm.

Horowitz Law has substantial experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the school system. If you have been a victim of sexual misconduct by Leslie Wolfe or have any knowledge about such events at Bethlehem Junior Academy or West Broward Regional Library, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz today.

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Miami Lakes Teacher Jossie Calderon Arrested For Sexual Misconduct With Two Students

Jossie Calderon, a math teacher at Barbara Goleman Senior High School in Miami Lakes, was arrested on Friday, November 12, 2021, for alleged sexual misconduct with  two female students. Calderon, age 27, was charged on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child between 12-16 years old, two counts of offenses against students by authority figures, two counts of child abuse without great bodily harm, and one count of battery.

According to media reports, Calderon was taken into police custody after multiple claims were recently made against him. On November 1, 2021, a 15-year-old female student told the school’s guidance counselor that Calderon rubbed her on the lower back and buttocks during a chess club meeting. The student also claims this was the second time Calderon touched her inappropriately. According to the arrest report, the first time was in September 2021, when the South Florida teacher felt up the student’s legs and touched her thighs. She told the counselor that he left his hand there for an extended period, which made her feel uncomfortable. The police report also states that Calderon touched the victim’s “buttocks over her clothes, caressing her.” A video was obtained from the school that confirmed the student’s allegations.  “It was not a tap, instead, the offender placed his hand on the victim’s legs and left his hand there for several moments,” stated the first student.

On November 5, a second student reported to the school’s resource officer that she was molested by Calderon during a math tutoring class. The 16-year-old victim claims that Calderon also touched her on two separate occasions while she was in Calderon’s class seeking extra credit for math class.

The second victim states, “He approached me from the rear and introduced his right hand under my sweater by the neck area.” She also said that Calderon “softly rubbed her back.”

According to the arrest report, both victims are seeking counseling for trauma they endured. Calderon was released after posting $21,500 bail. A court date has not been set yet.

Jossie Calderon is just one of several South Florida teachers to face charges this year for having inappropriate actions with a student. This is every parent’s worst nightmare. Schools should always be a place where parents can trust that their children will be cared for and protected from harm.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has substantial experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the school system. If you have been a victim of sexual misconduct by Jossie Calderon or have any knowledge about such events at Barbara Goleman Senior High School, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz today.

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Miami High School Teacher Aaron Hamid Surrenders After Charged With Having Sex With Student

Aaron Aziz Hamid, a teacher at John A. Ferguson Senior High School in Miami, surrendered to Miami-Dade Police on Monday, November 8, 2021, after being arrested for sexual abuse of a 16-year-old student. Hamid, age 27, was taken into custody, and then charged with three felony counts, including offenses against students by authority figures and unlawful sexual activity with a specified minor.

According to media reports, an investigation began in October 2021, after Hamid was accused of inappropriate behavior with a student. At the start of the Covid pandemic, the then 16-year-old alleged victim was a junior in Hamid’s advanced placement history class, which she attended via Zoom.

According to police reports, Hamid and his student began communicating using the Remind App Communication platform and exchanged phone numbers. The student told police that Hamid would often pick her up and that sexual activity took place in his car or at his Cutler Bay home while he was still her teacher. The report stated that the student’s best friend notified a school staff member in October that an inappropriate relationship was going on and the police were then contacted. 

The alleged victim stated that the defendant contacted her the morning that the alleged incident was reported, and she deleted content that could be incriminating information from her phone. The arrest report also states that the sexual contact between Hamid and his student lasted approximately one year. 

Although Hamid was not arrested until he surrendered on November 8, he was placed on an alternate assignment while the allegation was investigated. District officials say he has now been fired. Miami-Dade County Public Schools released the following statement regarding the arrest: “An allegation of this nature against any one of our employees is disheartening and illicit behavior will not be tolerated. Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) will continue to remind employees of their professional, moral and ethical duties and responsibilities. As a result of this arrest, this individual’s employment with M-DCPS will be terminated immediately and he will be prevented from seeking future work with the District.”

Hamid is just one of several South Florida teachers to face charges this year for having inappropriate actions with a student. This is every parent’s worst nightmare. Schools should always be a place where parents can trust that their children will be cared for and protected from harm.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has substantial experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the school system. If you have been a victim of sexual misconduct by Aaron Hamid or have any knowledge about such events at John A. Ferguson Senior High School, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz today.

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Pregnant Doral Teacher Heiry Calvi Arrested for Having Sex With Underage Student

Heiry Calvi, a 41-year-old teacher at John I. Smith K-8 Center in Doral, Florida was arrested on October 8, 2021, after facing accusations of having unlawful sexual contact with a 15-year-old male student.

According to police records, Doral police began their investigation back in March 2021, when they received a complaint from the Department of Children and Families that a teacher was having intercourse with an underage student who attended John I. Smith K-8 Center, located at 10415 NW 52nd St, Doral, FL 33178.

Multiple students had reported to faculty members that the boy was showing off videos of himself and Calvi having sex. The school reported it to the appropriate authorities and Doral Police got permission to search the 15-year-old’s cellphone. The report states that detectives found photos of the teen naked with Calvi, along with text messages between the two, expressing their love for each other. The student and teacher first became close when Calvi began tutoring him at his house in late 2020.

“There were photographs that were certainly inappropriate, that indicate that there was in fact an inappropriate relationship,” said Doral Police spokesperson Rey Valdes. Miami-Dade County Public Schools officials said she was removed from the classroom and put her on administrative duties where she had no contact with students immediately after the school learned about the allegations in March, but wasn’t arrested until now.  It has been confirmed that the married teacher is in fact pregnant, but no published reports at this time on the identity of the father. Calvi declined to comment on the allegations.

Calvi was charged with two felony charges including lewd and lascivious battery and electronic transmission harmful to minors. She was also in possession of a firearm on school property. She was released on bond.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools released the following statement regarding the arrest:
“Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is disturbed by today’s arrest involving inappropriate employee behavior. When the District was apprised of these allegations in March, the employee was immediately reassigned to a non-school site location. The District will begin employment termination proceedings and will ensure the individual is prevented from seeking future employment with this school system. M-DCPS will continue to review its employee training to ensure that our workforce is fully aware of the District’s professional expectations of them and their ethical obligation to safeguard children.”

Calvi is the third South Florida teacher to face charges this week for having inappropriate actions with a student. This is every parent’s worst nightmare. Schools should always be a place where parents can trust that their children will be cared for and protected from harm.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has substantial experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the school system. If you have been a victim of sexual misconduct by Heiry Calvi or have any knowledge about such events at John I. Smith K-8 Center, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz today.