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April 16, 2018

Sexual assault accusations prompt FSU School of Theatre town hall

The Florida State University School of Theatre hosted the play, “Tartuffe,” by Moliere from March 30 to April 8, 2018. The cast and crew performed the play the night before opening night as a special presentation to fellow students within the School of Theatre. Lauren Hermanson is a student within the School of Theatre and was a cast member getting ready for the inaugural “Tartuffe” performance when she noticed that her accused rapist, a fellow student within the School of Theatre, was sitting in the front row. Once she finished her performance, Hermanson stepped outside to mend the panic attack that […]
March 5, 2018

Is it child abuse? California schools should report to cops, experts say, even if they’re not sure

It might have seemed harmless enough. Some San Jose middle school parents didn’t like the way a physical education teacher and coach was photographing their girls at events. The principal had told the coach to stop after a similar complaint a year earlier. But after a second complaint, the principal seized the coach’s school-issued computer, confronted him and alerted police, who investigated and last month arrested the former coach on child molestation and pornography charges. For school officials who, under California law, are required to report suspicions of child abuse to authorities, experts say the lesson is clear: Don’t hesitate to […]
February 16, 2018

Charter School Sued for Child-on-Child Sexual Assault in a Kindergarten Class

  ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** Charter School Sued for Child-on-Child Sexual Assault in a Kindergarten Class   WHAT: JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse in schools and daycare centers, announces the filing of a lawsuit against Citizens of the World Charter Schools (located in Brooklyn, NY) for failing to protect a student from sexual assaults by a classmate. According to the Complaint: A male kindergarten student stuck his hands down the pants of a five-year old kindergarten girl.  The little girl told her mother who immediately went to the school and advised the principal of the assault. […]
February 13, 2018

Counselor at California School for the Deaf Arrested

https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/School-For-Deaf-Counselor-Arrested-On-Suspicion-12608654.php A counselor at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont has been arrested on suspicion of child molestation and making criminal threats, the California Highway Patrol said today. Ricardo Tafolia Rose, 56, a Fremont resident who has worked for the state since 1989, was arrested on Friday, according to the CHP. Investigators have identified one victim in the case so far, the CHP said.
February 8, 2018

The School Board of Volusia County Sued for Failing to Protect Autistic Student from Known Sexual Predator

The School Board of Volusia County Sued for Failing to Protect Autistic Student from Known Sexual Predator Who Was Later Convicted of Manslaughter  WHAT: JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse in schools and daycare centers, announces the filing of a lawsuit against THE SCHOOL BOARD OF VOLUSIA COUNTY for failing to protect a disabled students from sexual assaults by Marcus White, a classmate and known sexual predator. According to the Complaint: John Doe who is autistic was a student at New Smyrna Beach High School. John Doe was sexually assaulted on numerous occasions by Marcus […]
January 22, 2018

Former “Teacher of the Week” Arrested for Child Molestation

West Palm Beach, FL – Terrence Gervin Dwarika, a former music teacher, will remain on house arrest until trial after he was arrested earlier this month for lewd and lascivious molestation of two male students. The victims were students of Dwarika’s at Trinity Christian School in Palm Beach Gardens where he taught private music lessons after school.  Police received a complaint from the mother of two young boys after an outing her sons had with Dwarika on December 26.  The outing was intended to be a shopping trip to buy the boys Christmas gifts.  Instead, Dwarika took the boys to […]

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January 8, 2018

Trial Starts for Elementary School Teacher for Failure to Report Child Sex Abuse

Cedar Rapids, IA – Diane Graham, a Starry Elementary School teacher, is charged with failure to report sexual abuse of three of her students by a teenaged male classroom volunteer. Iowa law requires any licensed school employee to report any abuse of a child within 24 hours of notice.  Graham previously claimed she had no notice of the abuse which occurred in her classroom in 2016. However, the criminal complaint states two students, on two occasions, advised the teacher of the abuse. According to The Gazette, Logan McMurrin was 15 at the time he volunteered in Graham’s classroom.  He was […]

Public Schools

November 10, 2017

Child Sex Abuse Investigation at Hernando Christian Academy, Second Time in Three Months

Brooksville, FL – Bruce McAllister, husband of Hernando Christian Academy Principal was arrested Thursday on more than 30 criminal charges, accused of sexually abusing foreign exchange students from Europe. The McAllister’s housed the exchange students while they attended the private school in Florida.  Investigators have identified four victims so far, but due to the statute of limits, McAllister can only be charged with the assault of three of them. Hernando Christian Academy is a private school in Hernando County Florida and is widely known for their sports programs.  Bruce McAllister was a volunteer at the school assisting in physical therapy […]

Private Schools

October 17, 2017

Elementary School Teacher Arrested for Sex Molestation of Students

Trinity Center, CA – David Frederick, lead teacher of Coffee Creek Elementary School was charged with two felony counts of lewd acts against a child under the age of 14 and two misdemeanor counts of molestation of a person under 18. Frederick admitted to police he had inappropriate sexual relationships with various students during his 20 years of teaching.  He was employed in multiple counties in California during his tenure. One parent who learned of the teacher’s arrest online and also observed Frederick’s behavior around children said someone should have noticed there was something inappropriate.  Another parent said she “saw […]

Schools/Public Schools

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