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Daniel Norment Horowitz Law

Jupiter Teacher Daniel Norment Arrested for Sexual Activity with Minor

Daniel Norment, a middle school math teacher in Jupiter, Florida, was arrested on May 10, 2022, after allegedly committing a sex crime on a 16-year-old student two years prior. He was charged with one count of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and a sex offense against a student by an authority figure. Norment, 41, has been a math teacher at Independence Middle School, located at 4001 Greenway Drive in Jupiter, for six years.

According to media reports, Jupiter Police received a complaint in March 2022, from the now 18-year-old victim stating that Daniel Norment allegedly had sex with her in the closet of his classroom two years ago. The victim stated that Norment was her teacher in 8th grade when they met. She also said that she came forward now because Norment has been harassing her daily, adding “Norment should not be around youth.” In her report to the police, she told them that Norment used her and realized it was wrong for them to have sex at the school. The teen stated, “I struggle with the incident daily and am not sure if I will ever be able to resolve it in my mind.” Jupiter police say the teacher had been reprimanded several times for inappropriate behavior with students before school officials reassigned him from Independence Middle School to an administrative role in March.

Investigation of Daniel Norment

During the investigation, Jupiter Police discovered that Norment was the alleged victim’s 8th-grade teacher at Independence Middle School. The arrest report states that the teen claims that Norment used to always tell her “she was different and mature for her age” and gave her good grades for doing nothing. When the girl went to high school, she often visited Norment at her former middle school and helped him with paperwork and cleaning his classroom, then the two would hang out. Over time, Norment reportedly began to get more affectionate with the teen, hugging her, rubbing her back, and kissing her on the cheek.

The arrest report states that on one occasion, he rubbed her “in a passionate way,” touching her breasts and butt over her clothing. It says Norment kissed her on the lips and told her he was falling in love with her. At the start of her 11th-grade year, the 16-year-old visited Norment’s classroom and told police that he “became more aggressive and passionate,” touching her breasts and backside. The teacher then led the student into a closet in his classroom, took off her clothing, and had sex with her.

Upon further investigation, Jupiter police found out that Norment often took students into his classroom closet to “counsel them.” Norment was also the coach of the girls’ basketball team, and former students stated that he allowed the students to change in/out of their uniforms inside his classroom after school hours.

The Middle School Employees Knew About Daniel Norment’s Inappropriate Behavior

During the police investigation, three assistant principals at Independence Middle School said they were aware of some inappropriate non-criminal behavior by Norment while teaching at the school for the past couple of years. This included bringing former students — all girls – to his classroom after school to visit or help with him administrative responsibilities.  On other occasions, he would reported take students into a large closet in his classroom to “counsel” them.  Police said the school reprimanded Norment several times and removed him from the coaching position, but he continued teaching math until early March when the claim was reported. The school principal released a letter to the parents confirming Norment’s arrest, saying the teacher was reassigned to a “non-student contact position” away from the school in March regarding an incident that allegedly occurred two years ago. Yet, the letter did not say he was fired.

Norment was finally arrested after the two-month investigation was completed. He remained at the Palm Beach County Jail with his bail set at $100,000. Luckily, the judge ordered Norment was ordered to have no contact with the School District of Palm Beach County or anyone under the age of 18.

Schools are educational institutions in which children should be able to learn and develop skills in a nurturing environment. It is expected that they are safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse.  Teachers and coaches are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational needs of their students. Someone who sexually violates young children has no place working in the school system. Any school in which such a crime is committed should take responsibility if they fail to properly screen potential teachers and protect their students. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in schools and other educational settings. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped, or sexually molested by a principal, teacher, or another school employee, 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.

Kassandra Moore Horowitz Law

Bradenton Teacher Kassandra Moore Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail For Sex With a Student

Kassandra Moore, a former private school teacher in Bradenton, Florida, was sentenced on May 10, 2022, at the Manatee County Judicial Center after pleading guilty to four counts of sexual battery of a minor and one count of transmission of harmful material to a minor.  She was first arrested three years ago for having sex on multiple occasions with her 15-year-old male student. The now 18-year-old stated in court that after the ordeal began, he spent a year and a half without leaving his bedroom. He said he blamed himself and even attempted to take his own life.

Moore was sentenced to 20 years in prison, followed by two years of house arrest, and then eight years of sexual predator probation. The judge stated it was the longest term of supervision he could possibly order. As part of her supervision, she was also ordered to undergo another psychological evaluation within 30 days of her release from prison and undergo any treatment or take any medication prescribed. She was also ordered to attend sex offender treatment.

Moore was arrested in June 2019 after Bradenton police conducted a two-month investigation. According to the arrest affidavit, the victim’s classmate went to the school principal with information about Moore and the teen, including a suggestive and flirtatious conversation thread shared between Moore and the victim over Instagram. The school then notified the police in April 2019.  

Kassandra Moore, now 33, was a teacher at The Broach School, a private K-12 school in Bradenton with a focus on students with special needs, including learning disabilities and emotional difficulties. Multiple media reports say that Moore was newly married and sometimes used her married name of Kassandra Thomas. The arrest affidavit states that the interaction between Moore and her 15-year-old ninth-grade student started with questions about a homework assignment but escalated to sexual intercourse.  Texts by Moore read, “I wanted to just grab you and kiss you, but I didn’t want to make the first move, and you reject me.”

Investigation of Kassandra Moore

During the investigation, Bradenton Police spoke to the teen victim. He showed investigators several screenshots of lewd “selfie-style” pictures that Moore sent him, including pictures of her in lingerie with her body parts exposed and posed sexually. He also told detectives that the two arranged to meet in several locations during after-school hours, including Moore’s car and at the G.T. Bray Park – where they engaged in sexual acts. 

When investigators approached Moore, she attempted to coerce a colleague into providing a false alibi for her and also sent someone a message asking how to remotely delete messages and images from another person’s phoneHer colleague did not corroborate her alibi and instead assisted with the investigation. Moore provided a seven-page statement to the school and police, including purported alibis for each allegation. None of the alibis provided proved to be true, according to police.

The 15-year-old’s version of events was substantiated through DNA evidence after they recovered a used condom from G.T. Bray Park and matched the genetic profile to Moore. The investigators also obtained video surveillance taken at the school, which clearly showed Moore and the boy together in her car. As a result, they were able to determine that Moore and the boy had sex four times between March 23 and March 29, 2019. Moore was placed on administrative leave after  The Broach School administrators received the allegations. She was fired within days of the officers launching the investigation.

Schools are educational institutions in which children should be able to learn and develop skills in a nurturing environment. It is expected that they are safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse.  Teachers and coaches are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational needs of their students. Someone who sexually violates young children has no place working in the school system. Any school in which such a crime is committed should take responsibility if they fail to properly screen potential teachers and protect their students. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in schools and other educational settings. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped, or sexually molested by a principal, teacher, or another school employee, 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.

Matthew Hike Horowitz Law

Hillsborough Coach/Teacher Accused of Sexual Misconduct at Two Schools

A teacher who also coached football has been arrested for sexual misconduct with minors at two schools where he worked in Hillsborough County, Livingstone Academy and Valrico High School.  Matthew Hike was initially arrested on Thursday, March 24, 2022, for allegedly inappropriately touching a 15-year old male student and showing pornographic content. According to news reports, Matthew Hike, age 33, was arrested at his home in Riverview. He was released on bail but is now facing criminal charges on five counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and three counts of selling or distributing obscene material to a minor.  He was then arrested again on April 6, 2022 for charges that on more than fifty occasions he molested one of his football players at Bloomingdale High School in Valrico.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office released a press statement noting that the incidents occurred at Livingstone Academy, located in Seffner, Florida. Staff members at Livingstone Academy, a Christian school for children with learning disabilities, reached out to HCSO after the grandmother of a fifteen year old student reported that a teacher had inappropriately touched her grandchild at the school. After a thorough investigation, detectives identified the teacher and found that Hike shared several images of pornographic nature with the student.  During an interview with law enforcement, Hike admitted to showing the pornographic images and then deleting the message.  

HCSO stated that Matthew Hike did not have the student in his class but encountered the teenager in the hallways. Hike was also an assistant football coach at Bloomingdale High School; however, a district spokesperson said he was a paid volunteer and is no longer allowed to volunteer with the district.  Investigators said a juvenile victim said Hike molested him more than 50 times while coaching his football team at Bloomingdale High School in Valrico.

Schools are educational institutions in which children can learn and develop skills in a nurturing environment. It is expected that they are safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse.  Teachers and coaches are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational needs of their students. Someone who sexually violates young children has no place working in the school system. Any school in which such a crime is committed should take responsibility if they fail to properly screen potential teachers and protect their students. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in schools and other educational settings. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped, or sexually molested by a principal, teacher, or another school employee, 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.