Tag: Sexual Assault

State of Florida Orders Assisted Living Facility Closed Following Reports of Sex Assault In Facility

GraceManorPortOrangeGraceManorPortOrange43392Operators of an assisted living facility in Volusia County, Florida are being accused of failing to protect residents from ongoing incidents of sexual assault. Health care regulators in Florida issued an emergency suspension Order mandating that Grace Manor Assisted Living and Memory Care close its doors by July 26 at 5pm for failure to properly report and document incidents of sexual assault.

In May or June 2016 a male patient with dementia, who has also been diagnosed with a sex addiction according to the State Agency for Health Care Administration, allegedly sexually assaulted a female patient. The same male patient was reported to have sexually assaulted two other female patients at the facility. On June 20, 2016, the man was removed from the facility, but returned about a week later. According to the state regulators’ report, the facility staff responded by telling residents to lock their doors, which could pose other risks in the case of an emergency.

State regulators said that the facility staff “did nothing to address an ongoing and known threat” and “turned a blind eye to the health and well-being of those residents known to have been victimized.” Grace Manor has 30 days to appeal the order.

Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing lawsuits on behalf of victims of sexual assault.  If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual assault, please email attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.

Broward Sheriff’s Office Sergeant arrested for child pornography

cfimg3419451465677008142Sergeant Kreg Costa of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office was arrested on June 9, 2016 on twenty-nine child sex-related charges, including child pornography, using a computer attempting to lure a child into sex, and sexual assault.

Costa began working for the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 1999.  The Public Corruption Unit launched an investigation in April 20156 after staff in the Weston district reported Costa staying in his office during night shifts with the lights off and his uniform and gun belts removed. Investigators found that Costa used his work-issued computer to watch hardcore pornography, including incest-related and bondage-related pornography. Investigators further found that Costa exchanged sexually explicit messages and videos with a 16 year old girl from California via Twitter and email. On April 24th, as the investigation continued, Costa was suspended with pay and his badge and gun were taken from him. On June 9th, Costa was arrested and suspended without pay.

Costa is being held in the Broward County Main Jail without bond. A court date has not yet been set.

Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing lawsuits on behalf of victims of sexual abuse, including cases related to the transmission of child pornography. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual abuse, 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.