Parents At Kissimmee’s Mavericks Charter School Need To Ask About Teacher Sexual Abuse
Local Orlando media was ablaze yesterday with stories about Wayne Brown, a 34-year old teacher at Mavericks High School in Kissimmee who allegedly admitted to an explicit relationship with a 16-year old Mavericks student.
Apparently, law enforcement was tipped-off by Mr. Brown’s wife, who found inappropriate naked photographs of the 16-year old girl on Mr. Brown’s cell phone. Investigators told local media they believe there are other child victims.
As an Orlando child sexual abuse attorney, and parent of four children, I think it would be reasonable for every parent at Mavericks to carefully question their children in order to determine whether Mr. Brown said or did anything inappropriate or provocative to them at school, or even during an extracurricular activity. Because Mr. Brown was also identified as a minister, I would also question the youth of his church – particularly if he were involved in the youth ministry.
Unfortunately, child sexual abusers are rarely one-time actors, and usually have a pattern of abuse or provocative or risky behavior. If I was a parent at Mavericks, and my child had been abused by Mr. Brown, I would want to immediately get my child into specialized sexual abuse counseling.
I would then definitely want to know everything Mavericks did to screen or background check Mr. Brown, and would also want to know how much supervision was being provided to Mr. Brown in his interaction with Mavericks students. If Mavericks did not perform an adequate background check, or was not monitoring Mr. Brown appropriately, Mavericks could be liable for the damages suffered by any sexual abuse victims of Mr. Brown.
If you have any questions regarding a Florida child sexual abuse case, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.