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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…

Former instructor with Christian Youth Theater pleads guilty to molesting student

Posted on June 7th, 2022

The San Diego Union-Tribune recently reported a story on Brad Davis, a former instructor at El Cajon-based Christian Youth Theater who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl from the program. Davis was one of two men charged in October of 2021 with sexually abusing girls in the Christian Youth Theater program. The criminal complaint against Davis shows that the crime was committed in 2011 when the victim was 16-years-old. At the time of the offense, Davis would have been 29 or 30. David Franklin Hott, the other man charged in 2021, faces two felony charges in an unrelated case that also involved a girl who attended Christian Youth Theater. According to the prosecutor, Hott’s case is still pending. Allegations of sex abuse within Christian Youth Theater first surfaced in July 2020. The El Cajon-based nonprofit educational organization operates chapters nationwide. In March, six former students sued the organization, alleging the founders and longtime leaders of Christian Youth Theater ignored, dismissed, and covers up sexual abuse within the organization for more than two decades. The plaintiffs claim that the founders of the organization knew about the abuse as early as 1992, yet failed to act. They also contend that…

Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

Posted on June 7th, 2022

On May 15, 2022, a report was released detailing rampant sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) along with widespread efforts to ignore victims and cover-up allegations.  The report included a list of hundreds of credibly accused offenders with abuses spanning decades.  If you or a loved one suffered sexual abuse at any church in the Southern Baptist Convention, you deserve justice. At Estey & Bomberger, LLP, we are passionate about holding perpetrators of sexual abuse and the institutions that protect them accountable for their actions.  We have a 100 percent success record in sexual abuse cases and will fight for justice on your behalf. The Extent of Sexual Abuse Within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) The report, published by independent investigators at Guidepost Solutions, offered a list of over 700 names, more than 400 of which were affiliated with the SBC.  The list was collected by an employee of the SBC and includes church volunteers, staff, and leadership, including those at the top of the church’s organization ladder.  While the data collection began in 2007, incidents dating as far back as the 1960s were uncovered. Recently, we wrote at length about the report.  Despite the size of the…

Investigation finds Southern Baptist Convention leaders regularly silenced sexual abuse survivors

Posted on May 23rd, 2022

The Houston Chronicle has published an article reporting that for over 20 years, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention – including a former president now accused of sexual assault – routinely silenced and trivialized sexual abuse survivors, ignored pleas to enact systems to stop predators, and disregarded reforms that they privately acknowledged could protect children but, in doing so may cost the Southern Baptist Convention money if abuse victims later sued. These are just a sample of the findings unearthed during a shocking, third-party investigation into decades of alleged misconduct by leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention. This report comes nearly a year after 15,000 delegates of the SBC church demanded their executive committee turn over confidential documents and communications as part of an independent review of abuse reports that were seemingly mishandled or outright concealed since 2000. The report, published by an independent firm Guidepost Solutions, conducted over 300 interviews, and reviewed twenty years of internal SBC files during the seven month investigation. Over its nearly 400-pages, the report reveals how under the guise of preventing abuse, a small, isolated, and influential group of church leaders, “singularly focused on avoiding liability for the Southern Baptist Convention to the exclusion of other considerations.”…

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…

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