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The New York Child Victims Act makes a necessary change to long standing precedent in statutes of limitations in child sexual assault cases. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has made this Act one of his top initiatives for 2018-19, and after the Legislature voted to approve the legislation on Monday Jan 28th,2019, it now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

The Child Victims Act will extend the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse crimes to the age of 28 in criminal cases and the age of 50 in civil cases, with a one year-window to bring civil claims for victims below that age limit.

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October 17, 2018

Lawsuit Seeks to Hold Catholic Church Accountable in New York and Florida for Alleged Abuse

Suit claims Diocesse of Rockville Centre on Long Island knowingly sent a priest previously accused of abuse to Florida and is therefore responsible for alleged abuse there When Mark Cattell was 9 years old in 1981, he said, he met a priest who had been transferred to Florida from a Long Island, N.Y., diocese. He said the priest fondled him after Mass. On another occasion, he said, the priest forced him to give oral sex. “I remember him wagging his finger at me, and saying, ‘Don’t you let anybody know about this,’ ” Mr. Cattell, now a 45-year-old magistrate in […]
October 4, 2018

Florida AG Bondi launches site for tips on past sex abuse by priests

ttorney General Pam Bondi has launched a tip site as part of an ongoing investigation of past sex abuse by Catholic priests. The investigation is getting help from the Department of Law Enforcement in reviewing the state’s seven Catholic dioceses. “FDLE will work with the Office of Statewide Prosecution and State Attorneys to independently review records of the Catholic Church to ensure any allegations have been reported and investigated,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen in a statement. Tips can be reported confidentially online at MyFloridaLegal.com/StopAbuse The investigation, according to Bondi’s office, was triggered by recent grand jury findings in Pennsylvania […]
October 2, 2018

More victims come forward in case against former Broward County teacher

“This case is not just about schools ignoring Red Flag warnings of abuse….this case is about ignoring SIREN warnings of abuse”  Jeff Herman tells Channel 10 news. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A former South Florida camp counselor and substitute teacher accused of sexually abusing children faced a judge Tuesday, and prosecutors have added charges because more victims have come forward. There are now five victims in the case against Christopher Falzone, and prosecutors believe more victims could come forward Tuesday. Falzone was arrested last month on suspicion of engaging in inappropriate behavior with a child at a Fort Lauderdale summer camp. Authorities said […]
September 20, 2018

Substitute teacher accused of having sexual relationship with 15-year-old girl

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A former college baseball player and substitute teacher at a Hollywood charter school was arrested Wednesday after it was revealed he had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl, police said. Roman Jose Fondon Jr., 28, was arrested on three counts of sexual battery on a minor and three counts of lewd or lascivious battery on a minor. ccording to a Hollywood police report, Fondon met the girl while working as a substitute teacher at Ben Gamla Preparatory Academy. Police said the girl provided a recorded statement to detectives in which she admitted that she and Fondon […]
September 19, 2018

Diocese of Brooklyn agrees to historic $27.5 million settlement for church staffer’s sexual abuse of 4 boys

  Four boys who said they were abused by a perverted volunteer catechism teacher at a Catholic church have reached a $27.5 million settlement with the Diocese of Brooklyn. The agreement is believed to be the largest settlement ever on behalf of an individual arising out of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, according to attorneys Ben Rubinowitz and Peter Saghir. Each boy will receive $6.9 million. The young victims were abused by Angelo Serrano, who worked at St. Lucy-St. Patrick Catholic Church in Clinton Hill from 2003 to 2009, according to a release. Serrano pleaded guilty in 2011 to […]
September 13, 2018

Attorney says charter school did ‘bare minimum’ to screen accused pedophile

Parents of accused pedophile’s alleged victims want accountability   COOPER CITY, Fla. – Christopher Falzone quickly went from teacher to accused pedophile. Last week, we showed you the allegations from students at Sheridan Hills Elementary that led to him being fired from the Broward School District in 2014. But somehow, just a year later, he was hired at Renaissance Charter School in Cooper City, which is sponsored by the Broward School District.   https://www.local10.com/education/attorney-says-charter-school-did-bare-minimum-to-screen-accused-pedophile
September 11, 2018

Accused pedophile hired at charter school was banned from jobs at Broward public schools

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Although the Broward District Schools Police Department’s chief of police informed an accused pedophile that his termination had disqualified him from future employment with Broward County Public Schools, the former substitute teacher found a job with a charter school in Broward County and applied for a Florida educator certificate, records released Thursday show.    https://www.local10.com/education/accused-pedophile-got-job-at-charter-school-despite-broward-schools-disqualification-records-show
August 30, 2018

DC Jewish preschool faces sexual abuse allegations

WASHINGTON — An employee at the Washington Hebrew Congregation in Northwest D.C. has been placed on administrative leave following allegations of sexual abuse involving one or more children at the Macomb Street Edlavitch-Tyser Early Childhood Center. The abuse is believed to have happened between September 2017 and August 2018. In a letter sent home to parents on Aug. 19, the temple informed families about the allegations.   “We are deeply troubled by the allegations and are addressing them utilizing internal and external resources. Likewise, we are working closely with the affected families to provide information, counseling and support,” the letter […]
August 24, 2018

Falzone Re-Arrested on Felony Charges for Allegedly Molesting Children at Renaissance School

Last night Christopher was re-arrested on 14 additional charges of sexual assault and lewd and lascivious behavior relating to the little girls he allegedly molested at Renaissance Charter School.    The families are relieved that Christopher Falzone was arrested and charged for the heinous crimes he allegedly committed against their little girls.  This is a very difficult time for the families made worse by the allegations that the Principal at Renaissance Charter was warned about Falzone last October.  Click here for Case Details
August 23, 2018

A school hired him after unproven fondling accusations. They’re being sued for over $5M by Herman Law Client

  A second $5 million lawsuit has been filed accusing another Broward County elementary school of ignoring alleged butt-grabbing and other inappropriate behavior by a teacher. The suit filed by a former third-grade student of Christopher Falzone accuses Renaissance Charter School at Cooper City of negligence and Title IX education violations. Falzone was arrested Aug. 13 after a camper at Fort Lauderdale Camp Live Oak, where he was a counselor, accused the 35-year-old of repeatedly fondling her. Both the camp and the Cooper City school fired Falzone after his arrest.   https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article217190705.html  
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