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Parents At Kissimmee’s Mavericks Charter School Need To Ask About Teacher Sexual Abuse

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Child Sexual Abuse

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.  ...

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Background Check Is Only Part Of The Story In Alleged Orlando Youth Coach Sex Abuse Case

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Child Sexual Abuse

Background Check Is Only Part Of The Story In Alleged Orlando Youth Coach Sex Abuse Case

Like many Central Floridians, I’ve been following the media coverage surrounding the arrest last week of Jeffrey McWhorter on charges of lewd conduct toward children.  Mr. McWhorter is the 54-year old man who has apparently volunteered as a football and basketball coach over the past 32 years.  According to the Orlando Sentinel, Mr. McWhorter has worked for the City of Orlando for at least the past seven years. Mr. McWhorter is in trouble because seven boys have come forward with allegations that he sexually abused them, performed sex acts in front of them, or propositioned them to perform sexual acts on him. The aspect of the case the interested me as a Florida child sexual abuse attorney was the City of Orlando’s response to the allegations. After finding out about the circumstances of Mr. McWhorter’s arrest, the City spokesperson’s first statement was that the City had performed a thorough background check on Mr. McWhorter, was aware that he had a history of a felony drug conviction several years ago, but felt he was fine to serve as a role model for young boys. While reasonable people might disagree about whether an allegedly reformed convicted felon should be cleared to coach young boys, focusing on the background check obscures what might be the source of the most culpability for these acts of sexual abuse. A competent background check is only a part of what an institution like a youth sports league or child mentoring organization must do to keep kids safe. Institutions and organization also owe children a duty to closely and properly supervise and monitor the relationships between adults and children. This includes making sure that children are not placed in positions where they can be sexually abused, or forced to witness sexual acts by adults. In other words, an organization like a City or church cannot perform a background check on an individual and then let its guard down. Children deserve their constant vigilance. It will be interesting to see what the City did to supervise Mr. McWhorter with these kids. If you have any questions concerning a Florida child sexual abuse case, call Winter Park attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Did Cerebral Palsy Organization Properly Supervise Accused Sexual Abuser?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Child Sexual Abuse

Clickorlando.com featured an article I recently read with some professional interest. The article detailed the recent arrest of an Ormond Beach man based upon allegations that he sexually abused a disabled woman. While stories of bad behavior similar that alleged here seem to have become commonplace in recent years, as an Orlando sexual abuse attorney, I became more interested when I learned that the accused abuser met the disabled woman through his employment with United Cerebral Palsy. First, I was interested to learn that, while UCP forbade staff from socializing with clients, the accused abuse freely admitted to police that he brought the victim to his home and to a restaurant. The sexual abuse allegedly occurred at the UCP worker’s house, and also in his car. Organizations like UCP owe two main duties of care to their patients/clients. The first is to make sure that background checks are performed on any workers who are placed in positions of trust with the patients/clients. The second duty is to properly supervise every person that is placed in contact with the patient/client by the overseeing organization — and particularly if the patient/client is someone who is very vulnerable, like a child or disabled person. As this case develops it will be interesting to see how much UCP knew about this worker from Ormond Beach when it allowed him to have access to this disabled  woman. Additionally, it will be interesting to learn how much UCP knew about this man taking this woman in his car and to his home. In my experience, these kinds of things generally don’t happen without other people knowing about it. If an organization like UCP did not do enough to protect the victim, the organization can be held liable for negligent supervision or negligent screening or background checking, and might have to pay damages to the sexual abuse victim. Hopefully for everyone involved here, this will turn out to have been some kind of significant...

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