Lawsuit Filed Against After Care Program for Sexual Abuse of Child by Counselor

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A  sexual abuse lawsuit has been filed by the Farmer Jaffe Weissing law firm against After School Programs, Inc. accusing its after school care counselor Michael Jones of molesting an 8-year old girl at Forest Hills Elementary School in Coral Springs, Florida.  Jones confeseed to to committing the November 2011 sexual battery according to a report from the Coral Springs police department.

The lawsuit also alleges that even before this child was molested, After School Programs, Inc. had already received a complaint from a different parent accusing twenty year-old Michael Jones of making inappropriate sexual contact with another girl.  Nevertheless, Michael Jones was retained by After School Programs, Inc. and was left alone with children and unsupervised on the date of the incident according to the Complaint.

The lawsuit follows a criminal case in which Jones was arrested on capital felony sexual battery charges in which he is accused of removing the girl’s clothing and tickling and licking the girl’s vagina. Michael Jones faces life in prison if he is convicted on that charge.  He has also been charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of two other girls in the same after care program.  According to the lawsuit and public records, all of the alleged incidents of sexual abuse were committed at Forest Hills Elementary School during Jones’ normal working hours with After School Programs, Inc.  At the time of the alleged incidents, Jones worked for After School Programs Inc., a Deerfield Beach-based company that described itself in 2011 as the largest private provider of after-school programs in Broward County.  Contracted by the school system, it operates programs, typically from 2 to 6 p.m., in about 44 public schools. In 2011, After School Programs, Inc. served more than 6,000 students and had more than 600 employees.

Farmer Jaffe Weissing sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz filed the lawsuit in Broward County Circuit Court, Case No. 15-018809.  According to the lawsuit, the sexual battery occurred on November 10, 2011 when Jones (whom the students referred to as “Mr. Mike”) placed the 8-year old child on his lap in the classroom while he touched and “tickled” her vaginal area with his fingers.  He then lowered the girls shorts and underwear to her ankles, picked her up and placed her on top of his head, and licked her vagina with his tongue.

Farmer Jaffe Weissing attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing lawsuits arising from sexual abuse in schools, day cares, and youth serving organizations.  Entities who are resposnible for the safety of children should be held accountable when they fail to take the safest approach to preventing incidents of sexual abuse.  If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual abuse in a school, day care, after school program, or a youth-serving organinzation or any other location, please e-mail attorney Adam Horowitz at [email protected] or call our law firm at (954) 524-2820.