player watching the baseball game beside the coach
July 24, 2015 (Cooper City, Florida)

A Broward County Florida youth baseball coach is facing criminal charges after the Broward Sheriff’s Office says he sexually assaulted an 11-year old boy who played for his Cooper City baseball team in the Optimist league. The coach, David Solomon, was charged with two counts of sexual assault on a victim under the age of 12.

According to the arrest report, the first assault occurred during a sleepover at Solomon’s home in April 2015. The second incident occurred at Solomon’s home in May. The boy told law enforcement that the assaults occurred between five and eight times, and even occurred in Solomon’s car while he was driving the boy home from the baseball fields. According to published reports, Solomon was previously arrested on molestation charges while working in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. At the time, Solomon, a physical education teacher and a baseball coach, had been accused of molesting an 11-year-old autistic student at Hialeah Gardens Elementary and two young baseball players at the Miami Shores Village Recreation Center, according to the Sun Sentinel. Those charges were dropped after Solomon accused the boys of lying.  This is not the  first time an adult affiliated with the Optimist Club of Cooper City has faced criminal charges involving sexual contact with a minor.  In 2011, Brigid Lesovsky, a softball umpire for the Optimist Club of Cooper City was also convicted of molesting a teen girl and is now in state prison.

A youth athletic league should never employ a coach who poses a foreseeable threat to the safety of children. The experienced sex abuse attorneys at Farmer Jaffe Weissing are committed to protecting the rights of minors and obtaining civil justice.  Sexual abuse at the hands of athletic coaches and teachers happens with greater frequency than most people know.  It is damaging to the children and terrifying to the parents. Our legal practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of children who have been victims of sexual abuse. There is no pain greater for a parent than something happening to their children, and we do everything possible to help victims heal while also holding all responsible parties accountable. If you or a family member have been sexually abused by a coach, teacher, or camp counselor, please let us help. Call (954) 524-2820 to speak to one of our sexual abuse attorneys.