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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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Injured On Vacation In Florida? Your Case’s Value Might Surprise You…

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Theme Park Accidents, Types of Accidents, Uncategorized

Injured On Vacation In Florida?  Your Case’s Value Might Surprise You…

We are fortunate enough to frequently be asked to represent travelers who have been injured in accident while here in Central Florida on vacation, or on business. One of the more frustrating aspects of representing people from outside of Florida is the difference of opinion that often arises regarding the value of a personal injury case here in Central Florida.  Many people who vacation here from other parts of the United States, or even other parts of the world, seem to think that injuries that occur due to accidents in Florida automatically generate large amounts of money.  Many people have the mistaken belief that just because they have been injured at one of the large theme parks or resort properties, that a large check will soon be forthcoming.  Similarly, many people think that Florida juries are more likely than most to render large jury verdicts in favor of those injured on holiday. Having been a personal injury lawyer practicing law in Central Florida for more than the past 20 years, I am surprised at the inflated value that many visitors seem to place on their Florida personal injury cases.  I am not really sure how these people come up with their personal injury case valuations.  After all, most of them have never handled a personal injury case before — and particularly not one here in Central Florida.  Nevertheless, we seem to be constantly tempering the expectations of these, admittedly, injured people. The problem is not that our firm does not want to help these people receive compensation.  The problem is that there are certain realities in the legal and civic landscape here in Central Florida that make it challenging to deliver a favorable result for an injured tourist  (uncooperative defendants, conservative juries, defendants have strong local influence, etc.).  These factors do not necessarily exist in other places in the United States or the world.  After all, Florida is not New York — no matter how much some might hope. Despite these challenges, we always guarantee our clients two things:  (1) we will always give an honest and objection appraisal of a personal injury claim, and (2) we will always fight hard for our clients  — even the New Yorkers (and perhaps, especially, the New Yorkers.) If you have been involved in an accident here in Florida while on vacation or here on business, please call Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.  We are always available to answer your questions, and we handle cases across Florida.  Consultations are always...

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