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Shocking Idea: Your Child Molested In A Florida Classroom

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Child Sexual Abuse

Shocking Idea:  Your Child Molested In A Florida Classroom

I came across a news story that I thought would be worthy of sharing.  Central Florida News 13 was reporting about new sex abuse charges leveled against a former classroom teacher, Anthony Silva. Mr. Silva used to be a teacher at Renaissance Charter School in Orange County, until one of his former co-workers called 911 to report that Mr. Silva was inappropriately touching students and simulating sex with them.  He was originally charged, and put in jail. Now, Mr. Silva faces new charges of lewd and lascivious molestation, as well as false imprisonment of a child.  Apparently, the false imprisonment charges stem from some of Mr. Silva’s activities with students inside his own classroom. Of course, Mr. Silva is innocent in the eyes of the law, until he is proven to be guilty.  However, it is not often that these types of cases are instigated by co-workers.  Typically, child abusers are more careful and secretive about their activities with young children. If sexually abusive acts did occur on school grounds, then the Renaissance Charter School may face civil liability for money damages in favor of the injured students.  Institutions like schools owe children a duty to supervise the adults the school place in front of the children every day.  Schools should be allowing environments to exist where abuse can occur on the school’s campus. We were recently able to achieve a significant recovery for a client who was sexually abused by his Sunday School teacher in the church offices, during a Sunday church service.  The church really had no explanation for how that could happen. If you have any questions regarding sexual abuse allegations involving a school or church, call Florida child sexual abuse attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Was Rampant Sexual Abuse Cause Of Closure Of Florida Contractor’s Youth Prison?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Child Sexual Abuse

Was Rampant Sexual Abuse Cause Of Closure Of Florida Contractor’s Youth Prison?

The State of Georgia has decided to shut down a juvenile jail run by a Florida private prison contractor amid allegations of rampant sexual misconduct by the jail’s staff, according to Huffington Post reporting. Although Georgia claims the youth prison is being shut down in order to cut costs, a federal Bureau of Justice Statistics report indicated that he Paulding Regional Youth Detention Center, outside of Atlanta, had the highest rate of child sexual victimization of any facility surveyed. As a Florida child sexual abuse attorney, the most troubling part of this story is the involvement of a Florida contractor who also happens to run multiple, similar juvenile justice facilities in Florida.  The contractor, a company called Youth Services International, apparently has a long history of running troubled facilities.  According to interviews with former employees and former monitors, Youth Services International facilities are often the site of abusive behavior and squalid conditions. As a Florida taxpayer, I have to wonder how a company like this continues to receive taxpayer funds to essentially make troubled kids more troubled.  According to the reporting, Youth Services International is very connected politically, so this may offer some explanation.  Nevertheless, it sounds like somebody needs to be concerned about the welfare of these kids and whether profits are being placed before people. If you have any questions about a potential Florida child sexual abuse claim, call Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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