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Attorneys for survivors of STARS Prep Academy Coach Chris “Coach Frogg” Flores

Posted on August 17th, 2022

CBS Los Angeles reports that former coach at STARS Prep Academy in Orange, Christopher M. Flores has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting two teenage girls. Flores, also known as “Coach Frogg”, is accused of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl in Santa Ana and a 15-year-old girl in Riverside according to Santa Ana police. Charges include four counts of lewd acts on a child age 14 or 15 and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object with a victim younger than 16. All charges brought against Flores are felonies and he faces a maximum sentence of six years and four months in state prison if convicted. The 14-year-old girl was part of the STARS Prep Academy and Flores is accused of having sexual relations with her throughout 2021. The alleged crimes occurred at various locations in Santa Ana, including a camp at Calvary High School, and a location in Anaheim. Officials at STARS Prep Academy have stated that they have severed ties with Flores after learning about the allegations. While Flores is currently being held on $500,000 bail at the Orange Count Jail, the full scope of his abuse is not yet known. Authorities believe…

Attorneys for survivors of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Essex

Posted on August 12th, 2022

CBS Los Angeles has reported that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Essex has been charged with over 30 counts of sex crimes involving children. Essex was indicted on Tuesday August 9, 2022 by a grand jury on a total of 33 counts including 18 counts of oral sex acts with a child, 12 counts of of lewd acts on a child younger than 14 years old, two counts of sexual acts with a child younger than 14, and one count of possession of child pornography. Included in the charges are those from a 2006 case that was previously declined by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. Essex pleaded not guilty and if convicted could face life in prison. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department fired Essex following a criminal and internal investigation in 2018. The termination was overturned by the Civil Service Commission according to the LASD, which ordered the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to reinstate Essex. Essex has again been relieved of duty, and according to department officials, the LASD is working to remove his pay. If you or a loved one is a survivor of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Essex, the team of compassionate attorneys at…

Attorneys for survivors of Summit Middle School Teacher Leonard Alan Grams

Posted on August 10th, 2022

An article published by the Summit Daily News reports that Summit Middle School physical education teacher Leonard Alan Grams has been arrested on multiple felony counts of sexual assault of a child. A Summit County resident since 1997, Grams was a project initiative teacher and taught physical education at Summit Middle School. According to Clear Creek County Judge Cynthia Jones, Grams faces five counts of sex assault on a child and three counts of sex assault on a child by a person in position of trust. Grams could face a sentence of life in prison if convicted of all charges. According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the Summit County School District received seven reports of alleged sexual misconduct by Grams between September 30, 2021 and October 24, 2021. Female students at Summit Middle School claimed that Grams had inappropriately engaged in unlawful sexual contact with the victims during class activities. These allegations led to an initial investigation by school district officials. The investigation resulted in school district officials identifying Grams as the teach in question and information was sent to the Sheriff’s Office on October 27, 2021. Upon receiving the report by the school district, the Summit County Sheriff’s…

Attorneys for survivors of Mormon Church sexual abuse

Posted on August 5th, 2022

A recent article published by the Associated Press reports on how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its policy towards sexual abuse within the church does little to stop abuse and protect victims. Rather than helping those in need, this policy has lead to a system that is misused by church leaders in order to prevent the truth from being exposed. The article reveals that rather than report abuse accusations to law enforcement, the Mormon church keeps accusations within a closed loop system in order to protect the church’s reputation and to shield the church from potentially expensive lawsuits. An integral part of the Mormon church’s policy includes a help line that refers any reports of abuse that may be a risk to the church to a Salt Lake City law firm. According to a Bishop quoted in the article, when he followed church policy and reported that a member of his ward was sexually assaulting his 5-year-old daughter he called the abuse to the help line. The attorneys on the line informed the Bishop that the church is exempt from reporting child abuse because of Utah law, due to what they specifically refer to as clergy-penitent privilege….

Attorneys for survivors of Marshall gynecologist Dr. Mark Walker

Posted on August 3rd, 2022

The Battle Creek Enquirer recently published an article reporting that Dr. Mark Walker, a Marshall gynecologist, is facing new charges of sexually assault while already awaiting trial on charges that he assaulted a teenager. The three women in the new case say the physician sexually assaulted them more than eight years ago while they were his patients. Arraigned in Calhoun County District Court, Walker is now facing an additional three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of indecent exposure. Walker was first charged in 2019 after being accused of assaulting a teenager in 2011, and his medical license was suspended following these initial charges. In that case, the victim said she was a high school student who was spending time at Mansion Street Women’s Health as a job shadow when  Walker groped her. The three women accusing Walker say that he assaulted them while they were patients at Mansion Street Women’s Health at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall. They include a 49-year-old woman who said she was assaulted by Walker when she was 38, a 46-year-old woman who said she was assaulted when she was 26, and a 28-year-old woman who alleges she…

Attorneys for survivors of Walworth County bus driver Matthew Gribben

Posted on July 19th, 2022

WISN – ABC in Milwaukee recently reported a story about Matthew Gribben, a bus driver in Walworth County, who is accused of sexually assaulting young school girls who rode his bus. Gribben has been charged with four counts of first degree child sexual assault and two counts of exposing a child to harmful material. The victims of Matthew Gribben range in age from 8 to 11 years old. According to the city of Delavan Police Department, Gribben drove for Dousman Transport Company, which is contracted with the Delavan Darien School District. Gibbons admitted to engaging in in appropriate behavior with children according to a criminal complaint. He allegedly told investigators that when he transported the children, he would occasionally touch some of the female students on their back sides. He is also alleged to have shown pornography to two students. While Gribben specifically remembered targeting the five victims leading to the charges, he also admitted to touching other girls on the bus, but he could not remember their names. The complaint also says that during another incident, Gribben sexually assaulted a 10 year old girl as she slept at his house. The incidents occurred between 2019 and 2022. A judge set Gribbin’s bond…

Attorneys for Survivors of Morris High School Teacher Dallas Ewton

Posted on July 15th, 2022

A recent story by KOTV 6 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, reports that former Morris High School teacher, Dallas Tyler Ewton, has plead guilty to three federal sex crime charges stemming from the assault of two of his students. The investigation into Ewton began in 2021 after a student reached out to the FBI. Subsequently, since the launch of the investigation an additional 13 students have come forward with allegations of abuse by Ewton. Ewton admitted that he sexually harassed and sexually assaulted a former student stating when she was in 6th grade. At the time the abuse began, the girl was only 11. According to federal agents, the victim says Ewton forced her to perform sexual acts on him, raped her, and forced her to expose herself to him until she was 15. The victim said that the incidents occurred in class, after class, during tutoring sessions, and during school programs. The affidavit alleges that these incidents happened every day unless Ewton was not at school. To add insult to injury, the document reveals that Ewton threatened the victim’s life and the lives of her family if she were to tell anyone about his abuse. The second student involved in the investigation…

Attorneys for Survivors of J.R.O.T.C. Sexual Abuse

Posted on July 11th, 2022

An article published by the New York Times reveals that a shocking number of former students say that military veterans who led Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (J.R.O.T.C.) programs in high schools across the country used their position of power to manipulate and sexually abuse teens. The article details the stories of a handful of young women from underprivileged communities who in an effort to better their lives sought out the military values provided by their high schools’ J.R.O.T.C. program. Unfortunately for these young women, their experience with J.R.O.T.C did not lead to a path towards a promising future. Instead, they found themselves subject to exploitation by the instructors who ran their local programs. Typically, J.R.O.T.C. classes are offered as electives during the regular school day. Endorsed by school officials, these classes can motivate students who struggle with direction and discipline. The New York Times examined thousands of court documents, investigative files, and other records obtained through more than 150 public disclosure requests. The research uncovered that the program has recurrently become a place where retired military officers prey on vulnerable teenage students. The New York Times has found that in the past five years at least 33 J.R.O.C. instructors…

Attorneys for Survivors of Former Team USA Softball President John Gouveia

Posted on July 6th, 2022

Sports Illustrated has reported a story detailing the arrest of John Gouveia, a former president of Team USA Softball, who has been charged with eight counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14. Announced on Tuesday, June 28 by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, Gouveia was booked into the Alameda County Jail in Northern California on April 14. Gouveia was released the same day after posting $250,000 bail according to the sheriff’s office. Gouveia spent nearly 30 years working in various capacities for the national governing council for girls softball from 1991 to 2019. While the victim who led to the arrest was not associated with USA Softball according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the criminal investigation remain active and ongoing. This means there is a possibility that during his tenure at USA Softball, Gouveia may have abused athletes associated with the program. We Can Help You Seek Justice Estey & Bomberger is committed to advocating for the rights of any and all victims of sexual abuse who are seeking justice. Our team of compassionate lawyers are 100% confidential in our consultations and handling of our clients. We understand the deeply sensitive nature of these…

Attorneys for Survivors of Forest Lake middle school shop teacher James Carter

Posted on June 14th, 2022

Minnesota CBS affiliate WCCO recently reported a story about James Carter, a middle school shop teacher for Forest Lake Area Schools who is accused of sexually abusing two teenage boys whom he lured to his home to work on projects for cash and gifts. According to court documents filed in Washing ton County, Carter is facing two charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct (position of authority and threat of harm) and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. “The defendant wholly abused his position of authority as a teacher and trusted adult to these young boys. This abuse and breach of trust erodes the very foundation of our education system and will never be tolerated,” said Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said in a statement. A criminal complaint says that two middle school-aged boys reported that Cater would touch their groin area while giving them massages at his home. One of the boys was a shop student, while the other had Cater as an advisor. The boys told investigators that the abuse started when they were 15. The stories of both boys were similar, with Carter buying them food or gifts, and inviting them over to his house to work odd jobs for…

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