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Lawyers for Liberty University Sexual Assault Victims

Posted on April 29th, 2022

If you have been a victim of sexual assault on Liberty University campus, you are not alone. Lawsuits are currently being filed against Liberty University for failing to investigate claims of rape and sexual assault. Liberty University has failed to take actions or protective measure to protect students of the university. A specific recent lawsuit alleges that the university’s actions violated the federal Title IX law prohibiting discrimination based on sex at schools that receive federal funding. The student has filed under the name Jane Doe to protect her privacy, as the law allows. If you or someone you love is (or was) a student at Liberty University and were a victim of sexual assault, please contact us today for a free, confidential and zero obligation consultation. Sexual Assaults on College Campuses Student sexual assaults can happen both on or off campus. They occur at fraternity houses, house parties, bars, and anywhere college students are present. It includes touching inappropriately, molestation, and rape. While alcohol or drugs are often involved, that’s not always the case. Combatting sexual assaults requires a serious approach by colleges, and certainly not one where they dismiss the claims of students, try to blame the victims, or…

Youth Paster Conner Penny Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

Posted on April 18th, 2022

On April 5, 2022, InspirationChurch youth paster Conner “Jesse” Penny was arrested on allegations of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 17. After the arrest, Mesquite police received allegations from more survivors that spanned a time period from 2013 to 2021. The 32-year-old youth paster had previously worked for the Mesquite Independent School District and the City of Mesquite as an aide and counselor. The Mesquite Police Department has requested that anyone with more information about Conner “Jesse” Penny contacts them at (972) 285-6335. While a criminal conviction will ensure that Penny faces jail time for his crimes, survivors of sexual abuse may have grounds to file a civil suit against the organizations and institutions that allowed the abuse to occur and continue for these nine years. If you or a loved one survived sexual abuse from Conner Penny or any other pastor, volunteer or employee of Inspiration Church, please, contact Estey & Bomberger as soon as you are ready. Our attorneys have significant experience fighting for justice on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse and offer a free and confidential case evaluation. Why File a Civil Lawsuit? A criminal conviction can take an abuser off of…

High School Coach Chad Wilhoff Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

Posted on April 18th, 2022

On March 25, former high school athletics coach Chad Wilhoff was found guilty of sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Wilhoff, who coached at two Ohio schools, was also a deacon at Landmark Church. Wilhoff has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and is currently facing allegations from at least two other victims. While Chad Wilhoff is facing significant jail time as a result of a conviction, his criminal actions have dramatically affected the lives of the children he abused. If you or a loved one survived sexual abuse from Chad Wilhoff or any other coach, teacher, or staff member at Bethel Tate High School or Miami Valley Christian Academy, the attorneys at Estey & Bomberger can help. You and your family may be able to file a civil lawsuit to hold both Chad Wilhoff and the institutions that allow the abuse to happen in the first place. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation. Chad Wilhoff Allegations and Timeline Wilhoff has been convicted and sentenced for having a sexual relationship with a student that began when she was 12 years old. This abuse began in 2003 while Wilhoff was a…

Lawyers for Survivors of Former IMIN After-School Program Employee Stephen Tyler Wescott

Posted on April 14th, 2022

Was your child a victim of the former IMIN after-school program employee at James Madison High School in San Diego, CA, Stephen Tyler Wescott? We can help. On Wednesday, April 13, 2022, Stephen Tyler Wescott, a former IMIN after-school program employee at James Madison High School in the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego, CA was sentenced Wednesday to one year of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender for inappropriately touching teenage victims at his workplace. According to the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, Wescott also exposed himself to the victims and maintained inappropriate communications with them over social media and text messages. Prosecutors said that Wescott worked in the after-school program from the summer of 2017 through June 2018, with the charged offenses occurring in the spring of 2018. The City Attorney’s Office stated that Wescott talked with the two victims, then ages 15 and 17, about sex and masturbation. Later, Wescott sent a picture of his penis to the older girl and requested she send him nude photos of herself. It is also alleged that Wescott inappropriately touched one of the victims in an empty classroom and groped another victim on a school district-sponsored camping trip. The victims kept…

Lawyers for Survivors of Biology Teacher Anessa Paige Gower

Posted on April 12th, 2022

Was your child a victim of Biology Teacher at Making Waves Academy Charter School in Richmond, CA  Anessa Paige Gower? We can help. On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, Anessa Paige Gower, a former biology teacher at Making Waves Academy Charter School in Richmond, CA, was arrested and charged with 29 counts of lewd acts with minors, including statutory rape. According to Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office, Gower’s victims were seven boys, ages 15 to 16. Gower is alleged to have committed acts of sexual nature with the boys between October 2021 and February 2022. Gower’s bail is set at $1.2 million and she is set to be arraigned on Monday, April 11 at Contra Costa County Superior Court. If you or a loved one is a survivor of Anessa Paige Gower, a former biology teacher at Making Waves Academy Charter School in Richmond, CA, please contact the compassionate legal team at Estey & Bomberger for a free, 100% confidential consultation. Free & Confidential Case Evaluation Request We Can Help You Seek Justice Estey & Bomberger is committed to assisting any and all victims of institutional abuse seeking justice. We are 100% confidential in our consultations and handling of our clients. We understand the…

Attorneys for Victims of Coach Stephen Maness

Posted on March 11th, 2022

North Carolina gymnastics coach Stephen Maness is facing three charges of assault on a child under 12 and three charges of assault on a female.  Mannes previously owned Bull City Gymnastics on Neal Road in Durham, N.C. and ran Chapel Hill Gymnastics in Chapel Hill. If your child was a victim of Stephen Maness or any other coach or staff member of Bull City Gymnastics, please contact our office immediately. We understand how difficult the aftermath of sexual abuse is for survivors and their families.  However, we firmly believe that perpetrators and the institutions that allow them to prey on children must be held accountable.    We offer a free completely confidential consultation and handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. If we accept your case, you will pay us nothing unless we win. Maness Was Active From at least 2012 – 2020 Coach Stephen Maness has been accused of sexually assaulting one youth gymnast repeatedly over an eight-year period, from 2012- 2020, and two others between 2015 and 2019.  Maness was deemed permanently ineligible for USA Gymnastics membership after an investigation and was recently offered a plea deal that: No jail time 5 years of supervised probation A…

Sexual Abuse By Music Teacher: Anthony Philip Bruccoliere 

Posted on March 3rd, 2022

If you or someone you love has been sexually abused or assaulted by Anthony Philip Bruccoliere or another music teacher, you may have legal options.  The attorneys at Estey & Bomberger, LLP can help. Our attorneys understand how difficult it is to come forward about sexual abuse, and we want you to know you and your loved ones aren’t alone in this. We can provide you with the support you need throughout the legal process and help you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our compassionate and knowledgeable sexual assault and sexual abuse attorneys. Allegations of Sexual Abuse Against Bruccoliere On February 15, 2022, Costa Mesa music teacher Anthony Philip Bruccoliere, 49, was charged for sexually assaulting two girls between December 2008 and 2019. According to authorities, the abuse began when the girls were four or five years old and is believed to have taken place in numerous locations, including Bruccoliere’s music studio. Bruccoliere was charged with 12 felony counts, including forcible lewd acts upon a child under 14, sexual penetration with a child 10 years or younger, aggravated sexual assault of a child, and lewd and lascivious…

Sexual Abuse at Summer Camps

Posted on April 30th, 2021

Summer camps: Not always fun and games for the kids “Sexual abuse of campers is a nationwide epidemic” – attorney Steve Estey Whether it’s sailing or swimming, or figuring out how to make green slime, summer camps give kids a chance to learn, develop skills and have just plain fun. At least that’s what’s supposed to happen. Turns out, summer camps are a pedophile’s paradise, with cases of childhood sexual abuse occurring at camps across the U.S. “We know that child abusers go where the children are, so it’s not surprising to find them working at summer camps,” attorney Steve Estey said. “Our research shows that well over 1,000 campers have been sexually assaulted over the last 10 years and that’s just the cases we know about through the media. There are undoubtedly countless others.” Mr. Estey recently filed two civil lawsuits against A.R.E., the Virginia-based Association for Research and Enlightenment that was founded by spiritualist Edgar Cayce in 1931. Hannah Furbush is one of eight sexual assault survivors who are suing A.R.E. Hannah grew up attending A.R.E. camp programs – her parents started bringing her to family camp when she was just 10 weeks old. In fact, the entire…

Estey & Bomberger lawsuits allege counselors, staff at A.R.E. “spiritual enlightenment” camp sexually assaulted and raped young campers

Posted on April 30th, 2021

The Association for Research and Enlightenment is facing two lawsuits from eight rape and sexual assault survivors for allowing counselors and staff members to sexually abuse underage campers at camp programs and other A.R.E.-sponsored activities. The charges are outlined in two lawsuits filed in the Second Judicial District Court that serves Virginia Beach. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of eight sexual assault survivors, who are represented by the California law firm Estey & Bomberger. The civil lawsuits target the Association for Research and Enlightenment that runs the summer camp program in Rural Retreat, Virginia. A.R.E. was founded in 1931 by spiritualist Edgar Cayce, who was a clairvoyant once known as “The Sleeping Prophet.” The women named in the lawsuits allege that A.R.E.’s decades-long sexually abusive culture, in which campers were expected to participate in hands-on activities like daily “Hugging Circles” and “Massage Trains,” ultimately leading to their being sexually abused. The “Liberated Underwear Movement” provides yet another example of how A.R.E. subjected young girls to abusive activities. The campers were expected to run through camp partially clad in their underwear. And an activity known as “Goddess Night” also contributed to the camp’s sexually abusive culture, with young female campers…

California Supreme Court has rules that sports governing organizations have a duty to protect young athletes from sexual abuse

Posted on April 7th, 2021

The California Supreme Court has ruled that sports governing organizations have a duty to protect young athletes from sexual and other abuse. In a recent case we handled involving girls aspiring to be Olympians, their martial arts coach molested them for years. The court ruled that USA Taekwondo could be held liable for the actions of the coach, Marc Gitelman. Attorney and partner at the firm, Stephen Estey, was featured in many news outlets recently, as linked to below. ABC NEWS KTLA News Bloomberg Daily News ESPN LA Times Yahoo Sports The Hill AP We are happy to have been part of this lawsuit, as this ruling will better protect young athletes from sexual abuse by holding the organizations responsible for the actions of their coaches. This also includes the 61 national governing bodies for aspiring Olympians.  

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