Lottery-Winning Florida Child Sex Abuser Seeks To Avoid Paying Victims
I started seeing headlines about this story a few weeks ago. Here is the latest from www.clickorlando.com. The story involves Timothy Dale Poole, a man who pleaded guilty in the late 1990’s to sexually abusing two boys, aged 5 and 9 years old. The moral to the story has to do with the importance of insurance, but I’ll get to that later.
As luck would have it (pardon the pun), a couple of months ago, Mr. Poole won a $3 million lottery jackpot from the Florida Lottery. The two child victims (now adults) saw the news of Mr. Poole’s winning and sued him for money damages. They immediately asked the judge assigned to their case to freeze Mr. Poole’s assets, for fear that he would spend or hide the money from them once they secured an eventual Judgment against him (after all, he has already pleaded guilty to abusing them.) Last week, the judge denied the victims’ motion – as he should have under Florida law.
It will be interesting to learn what happens next. I certainly wish the victims the best in their efforts to finally secure justice against Mr. Poole.
If anything, this story serves as a great illustration for why it is so beneficial to have insurance involved in any child sexual abuse case. Regardless of the supposed financial wherewithal of any accused child sexual abuser, and regardless of how good the facts regarding liability are, there is simply no way to protect against the wasting of assets — unless insurance is involved. This normally — but not always — means that some kind of responsible entity was supposed to be supervising the abuser.
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.