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Leslie Wolfe Horowitz Law

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.

Junior Augustin Deerfield Beach Preacher

A South Florida Preacher Charged With Sexual Battery of a Minor

A 34-year old South Florida preacher, Junior Augustin, has been charged with sexual battery and lewd and lascivious behavior of a minor. The criminal investigation began after a mother found sexually explicit messages and photos on her teen daughter’s cell phone from the preacher.  Augustin lives in Deerfield Beach and works at Solid Rock the Seventh Day Church, located at 3520 W Broward Blvd #215, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312.

According to the Broward County Sheriff’s office, on March 30, 2021, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives arrested the preacher on charges of sexual battery on a minor 16 or 17 years of age and sex offense of a victim over 12 and up to 15 years of age.  The victim, Augustin’s goddaughter, stayed at Augustin’s home to assist with babysitting his eight children (ages 2-10) while the preacher’s wife was in the hospital. The police report states that she stayed at his home all of January and February 2021. 

In March, the teen returned home, and her mother noticed her behavior seemed off, which made her mother suspicious, the Sheriff’s Office said. The teen’s mother took her daughter’s cellphone and saw sexually explicit photos and messages of her daughter and Junior Augustin expressing their love for each other sent in the Whatsapp and Telegram apps.

Augustin later admitted to the sexual acts and made a voluntary confession during two regularly recorded meetings at a his church. Detectives received the recordings of Junior Augustin’s confession. In the first recording, Augustin admits to receiving the nude pics and video or his god-daughter. The second meeting recording revealed that one morning he came home from work, got undressed and went to bed and left his bedroom door open. Augustin claims the victim entered his bedroom and initiated sexual activity with Junior who was asleep. Half asleep, Augustin says he believed that he was having sex with his wife. Once Augustin opened his eyes he says he realized that he was having sex the teen, not his wife. Augustin said he then pushed the girl away and told her not to tell her mother so she would not get in trouble. 

The preacher is now behind bars for sexually battering the 16-year-old girl on a $50,000 bond for each charge. The investigation is ongoing.

Sexual abuse by a member of the clergy is a breach of trust at the highest level. The lawyers at Horowitz Law have been representing survivors of clergy abuse for more than twenty years. In cases across the country and in almost every state, our lawyers advocate for sexual abuse victims by priests and other clergy. If you or someone you know was a victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault at a church or other religious organization, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.