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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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Did Orlando High School Have Reason To Know Security Guard Was Molesting Child On School Grounds?

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Child Sexual Abuse, Uncategorized

A security guard for Evans High School in Orlando didn’t return to work this week – but it’s unclear exactly why, and what can be done about it. Patrick Leonard Collins was arrested last week and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a child and possession of child pornography.  Unfortunately, local media reports (here and here, for example) are contradictory in terms of whether Mr. Collins was abusing a male or female student, but it is clear that the child was a student at Evans High School, Mr. Collins performed a security function there, and that at least one of the abusive acts occurred on the actual premises of the school.  Apparently, Mr. Collins also traded nude photographs with the student, thus the charge he received for child pornography. Channel 6’s clickorlando.com website is reporting that, while Mr. Collins was working at Evans High School, he was actually employed by a company called Uniform Security Guard. This bit of information raises an interesting legal issue for a Florida child sexual attorney like me.  While Evans High School officials might be held liable to the student for its failure to monitor and supervise Mr. Collins while he was on school property, any civil claims for money damage brought against the high school or Orange County Schools would likely be subject to the State’s sovereign immunity statutory cap of $200,000.00. However, because Mr. Collins was actually employed by a private company, there is certainly a strong legal argument that the statutory caps would not apply Mr. Collin’s actions.  This could allow the victim to collect more than the State statutory cap – depending upon the victim’s damages. Child sex abuse cases in Florida are always difficult. There is almost always a multitude of legal issues to be addressed and solved before compensation for a child sexual abuse victim can be secured.  The case against Mr. Collins, Orange County Schools, and Uniform Security Guard, seems like no exception. If you have any questions regarding a Florida child sexual abuse case, or how damages might be calculated in a Florida child molestation case, please call Winter Park child sexual abuse attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit our website at...

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What Rights Do Adult Victims Of Casselberry Scout Leader Sex Abuser Have?

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Child Sexual Abuse

What Rights Do Adult Victims Of Casselberry Scout Leader Sex Abuser Have?

A slip-and-fall accident inside an Orlando self-storage unit has led to a stunning confession and the arrest of local former Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader on child pornography charges, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Apparently Fleetwood Peeples’ Jr. slipped and fell at his self-storage in Orlando, struck his head, and was found lying in a puddle of blood.  Emergency workers who came to his aid became suspicious when, rather than worrying about his own injuries, Mr. Peeple seemed preoccupied with a camera he has been working with, the security of the contents of his storage unit, and whether his wife would have to be informed be about the existence of the unit. Apparently Mr. Peeples had forgotten that he had asked the EMT’s to grab his camera, and consequently they brought the camera with Mr. Peeples to the hospital.  When questioned about the camera in the hospital, Mr. Peeples admitted that he was using the camera to record images from child pornography magazines he was secretly keeping in his storage unit. When police searched the storage unit they found numerous movies and magazines featuring child pornography.  Most shockingly, police also found more than 100 Polaroid photographs of young boys in lewd and sexually suggestive poses.  When confronted, Mr. Peeples broke down and admitted to police that the photos were of boys he had taken on camping trips as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader in Casselberry.  Mr. Peeples also told police that he had molested many of the boys, and forced them to perform sex acts. Interesting to me as a Florida child sexual abuse attorney, the Boy Scouts of America have disavowed Mr. Peeples, and have indicated that he no longer has no ties to the organization.  However, the Boy Scouts don’t say when or why ties were cut with Mr. Peeples, or whether there were ever any questions raised about Mr. Peeples at or near the time he was involved in Scouting. The article indicates that Mr. Peeples’ victims would likely be between 30 and 50 years old.  What rights would these men have if they decided to pursue claims for damages related to their abuse? Due to the Statute of Limitations, the boys who were abused by Mr. Peeples would likely only be able to pursue claims if they could show that the shock of the abuse lead to a repression or inability to remember the events or tie current problems to the abuse, or that there was otherwise some very good reason that they could not assert claims within the typical Statute of Limitations.  Obviously, these circumstances will only apply to a limited number of victims, so there is not likely to be an explosion of claims related to Mr. Peeples’ abuse, although there may be some. Whatever happens, I am glad that Mr. Peeples has finally been caught.  Perhaps this will provide...

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