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...Read More »
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