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Flagler Soccer Coach Molestation Arrest – What Were Red Flags?

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Child Sexual Abuse, Recent News

Flagler Soccer Coach Molestation Arrest – What Were Red Flags?

The molestation arrest of a Flagler County Youth Soccer Coach for repeatedly sexually abusing 12-year old and 16-year old boys raises questions about what the soccer clubs the coach worked for knew or should have known about his activities. The arrest of Sean Stern, 35, also raises the question about how many other victims he might have left in his wake. According to a story on the Central Florida News 13 website, Mr. Stern was arrested in Tacoma, Washington, after Flagler County Sheriff’s Deputies issued a nationwide-warrant.  The story mentioned that Stern had coached at a multitude of Central and East Florida soccer clubs, soccer schools, and training facilities. First, it should be emphasized that Mr. Stern has only been accused of crimes, and is entitled to the the assumption of innocence.  However, if Mr. Stern did abuse the children he has been accused of molesting, they are very likely not his only victims.  In our experience handing Florida child sexual abuse cases, perpetrators very rarely only abuse one or two children. It is commonplace for experienced child sex abusers to have scores of victims.  In fact, we have been involved in a child sex abuse case against a soccer club in the Florida panhandle where law enforcement estimated that the perpetrator had over 100 child victims.  This obviously horrifying. With large numbers of victims, it is very rare that perpetrators can entirely mask their urges and activities.  Child sex abusers generally “groom” their victims by showing them lots of attention,  affection, and showering them with gifts.   We refer to these kinds of behaviors as “Red Flags.”  We saw many Red Flags by the molester in our panhandle soccer club case, and it would be surprising if Mr. Stern had not shown similar behaviors during his numerous and frequent stops along the Central Florida youth soccer circuit.  (Even the frequency of the stops seems to raise questions.) Parents who discover that their children have been sexually abused understandably have many questions about how youth-focused organizations can be held liable when their employees or volunteers sexually abuse children.  If you have need information or have questions, please call Winter Park child sexual abuse attorneys Kim Michael Cullen or Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit their website at...

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Even Rock Stars Are Not Immune From Insurance Denials

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Insurance Disputes, Recent News

The rock band Foo Fighters has apparently had to sue an insurance company, Lloyd’s of London, over the cancellation of several concert dates in Europe last summer – according to an article by InsuranceJournal.com. The band cancelled dates in Paris shortly after the deadly terrorist attacks there. The band was scheduled to play, but was the victim of what appeared to be very serious threats from ISIL, the Middle Eastern terrorist organization. According to the lawsuit file in California, Lloyd’s of London has refused to pay. In Florida, such a lawsuit against an insurance company is typically called a Declaratory Action. Such a lawsuit would lay out why the insured believes he is entitled to insurance coverage, and would ask a judge to declare that there is, in fact, insurance coverage for a particular loss. In Florida, under most circumstances, if an insurance company is made to admit coverage and pay a claim as the result of a Declaratory Action, the insurance company came be made to pay all of the insured’s reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs. This kind of “fee reversal” penalty is supposed to encourage insurance companies to pay legitimate claims, and to discourage coverage denials and delays. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work. Our law firm continues to receive calls virtually every day from Florida consumers who have been unfairly denied coverage by insurance companies. If an insurance company is willing to deny coverage to a world-famous rock band like Foo Fighters — an organization that obviously has the financial might and wherewithal to fight such a denial through the legal process — is it any surprise that an insurance company would deny coverage to an average customer? Our firm handles cases involving insurance denials. If you have any questions about a Florida insurance dispute, please call Winter Park Attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit their main website at www.cullen-hemphill.com for more...

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Boy Scout Child Sex Abuser Ruled Incompetent

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Child Sexual Abuse, Recent News

Boy Scout Child Sex Abuser Ruled Incompetent

An Orange County circuit judge has ruled that Fleet Peeples, Jr., is not competent to stand trial on child pornography charges that have been pending since February 2014, according to an article published on WFTV.com. Apparently, Mr. Peeples has been evaluated twice and has been found not mentally competent to stand trial. If he is not competent to stand trial soon, the State Attorney’s office may have to drop the case against Mr. Peeples based upon Florida law. Mr. Peeples is free on bail, and living at home. In addition, and importantly to me as a Florida child sex abuse attorney, while Mr. Peeples was being arrested for possession of hundreds of images of child pornography, he admitted to molesting and sexually abusing nearly a dozen young boys when he was a Central Florida Boy Scout leader. There is no mention in the story regarding whether Mr. Peeples is being prosecuted for the sexual abuse he admitted to inflicting upon those poor Boy Scouts. In the event that Mr. Peeples Boy Scout victims cannot received justice through the criminal justice system, they may be able to seek some satisfaction – probably in the form of money damages — for Peeples’ deplorable actions from the Boy Scouts. Organizations that cater to children owe the children a duty to supervise any adults that are placed in contact with children, including Scout leaders. Florida’s Statute of Limitations for past acts of child sex abuse is somewhat complicated. Any adult who wishes to assert a claim for past acts of abuse should definitely speak with an experienced Florida child sexual abuse attorney in order to learn his or her rights. If you have any questions regarding historical acts of child sex abuse in Florida, call Winter Park child sex abuse attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901. Consultations are always free, and without...

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