New York Post: Special needs teacher caught sexually abusing student on camera — but the school didn’t monitor the video: suit

Special needs teacher caught sexually abusing student on camera — but the school didn’t monitor the video: suit

By Susan Edelman
Published May 25, 2024, 11:28 a.m. ET

Classroom cameras at a costly taxpayer-funded boarding school for autistic, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed students captured a biology teacher sexually abusing a boy – but no one monitored the video, a bombshell lawsuit alleges.

Only after the student told his mom that he had sex repeatedly with Sandy Carazas-Pinez, a teacher at Biondi High School, did the principal watch the video. It showed the instructor cuddling with the 16-year-old during class and asking him to “rub her crotch,” the suit by the boy and his mother charges.

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New York Post: Special needs teacher caught sexually abusing student on camera — but the school didn’t monitor the video: suit2024-05-28T22:12:01+00:00

Peters Brovner LLP, The Law Office of Ali Najmi Esq. & and Hanna & Vlahakis Law Offices announce a lawsuit against The Biondi Education Center and Rising Ground Academy

Peters Brovner LLP, The Law Office of Ali Najmi Esq. & and Hanna & Vlahakis Law Offices announce a lawsuit against The Biondi Education Center and Rising Ground Academy

May 20, 2024

Peters Brovner LLP, The Law Office of Ali Najmi Esq. & and Hanna & Vlahakis Law Offices announce a lawsuit against The Biondi Education Center and Rising Ground Academy for failure to protect a student from repeated sexual abuse by a teacher.

View the complaint here.

Peters Brovner LLP, The Law Office of Ali Najmi Esq. & and Hanna & Vlahakis Law Offices announce a lawsuit against The Biondi Education Center and Rising Ground Academy2024-05-26T23:55:11+00:00

Judith Heft: Keeping Up with Compliance with Regulatory Attorneys, Lesley Brovner and Mark Peters

Judith Heft Podcast: Keeping Up with Compliance with Regulatory Attorneys, Lesley Brovner and Mark Peters

Apr 23, 2024
Mastering Your Financial Life — Episode 78

In this episode of Mastering Your Financial Life, Judy Heft interviews Lesley Brovner and Mark Peters, founding partners of the boutique law firm, Peters Brovner. Founded 20 years ago after working together in the public sector, Peters Brovner focuses on civil litigation, internal investigations, and regulatory defense.

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Judith Heft: Keeping Up with Compliance with Regulatory Attorneys, Lesley Brovner and Mark Peters2024-04-24T15:17:14+00:00

Daily Beast: Longtime New York Lawmaker Accuses Doctor of Molesting Him During Senate Physical

Daily Beast: Longtime New York Lawmaker Accuses Doctor of Molesting Him During Senate Physical

By Justin Rohrlich
Nov. 09, 2023

The first-ever openly gay member of the New York State Senate claims he was molested nearly two decades ago by a doctor conducting a routine physical exam required of all legislators.

That’s according to a new lawsuit obtained by The Daily Beast, in which former State Sen. Thomas Duane—also the first openly HIV-positive member of the legislative body—says Dr. Nathan Mitkoff of the Albany Medical Center ground his genitals against his thigh during a check-up in 2004. He alleges the disturbing incident “made his recovery from substance abuse more difficult and his ongoing need for psychological therapy more pressing.”

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Daily Beast: Longtime New York Lawmaker Accuses Doctor of Molesting Him During Senate Physical2024-01-05T18:39:47+00:00

Peters Brovner LLP Sues Fordham University under the Adult Survivors Act

Peters Brovner LLP Sues Fordham University under the Adult Survivors Act

Peters Brovner LLP files Milestone Case for New York’s Adult Survivors Act

NEW YORK (JUNE 5th, 2023) — Peters Brovner LLP filed suit on behalf of former Fordham University student Frank Austin against Fordham University for ignoring repeated warnings and allowing a roommate with a violent history to rape Austin in his dorm room and sexually assault him in another campus building.

State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal, sponsor of Adult Survivors Act stated “Frank Austin and every survivor of sexual abuse deserve a chance at justice, which includes holding their abusers accountable. The New York State Legislature passed our Adult Survivors Act for survivors like Austin, and I encourage all survivors to come forward with claims before the one-year period under the law expires on November 23, 2023.”

“An arbitrary statute of limitations should not stand in the way of a survivor’s opportunity to seek justice,” said Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF – Manhattan). “We passed the Adult Survivors Act in 2022, to give people like Francis Austin, who have been kept silent for far too long, an opportunity to finally have their voices heard and hold their abuser or the institution that harbored them accountable. Our laws should not be written to protect abusers and shield them from prosecution. I am proud the Adult Survivors Act has helped to rebalance the scales of justice. I applaud Mr. Austin for his brave decision to speak publicly and remind others that the lookback window to file a previously time-barred case will remain open through November 23, 2023.”

Read the lawsuit here.

Read the full press release here.

Peters Brovner LLP Sues Fordham University under the Adult Survivors Act2023-06-15T16:29:43+00:00

101Attorney Guest Blog: Filing a Sexual Assault in the Workplace Claim?

101Attorney Guest Blog: Filing a Sexual Assault in the Workplace Claim?

By Lesley Brovner & Mark Peters
101Attorneys.com
June 14, 2023

Sexual assault is a crime. When it occurs within the workplace or at a work event, it is also an extreme form of sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a form of employment discrimination that violates federal, State, and local law in New York.  Employers are required to take steps to prevent sexual harassment and, if sexual harassment is reported, to take immediate action to address the situation. Moreover, an employee who reports sexual harassment is legally protected against retaliation from her, his or their employer.

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101Attorney Guest Blog: Filing a Sexual Assault in the Workplace Claim?2023-06-15T16:29:51+00:00

Attorney Help Guest Blog: Can a Corporation be Held Liable for Sexual Assault in the Workplace?

Guest Blog on AttorneyHelp.org: Can a Corporation be Held Liable for Sexual Assault in the Workplace?

By Lesley Brovner & Mark Peters
Attorneyhelp.org
April 14, 2023

An employer may, under certain circumstances, be liable for sexual assault in the workplace.  In addition to being a crime, sexual assault in the workplace can also be a form of employment discrimination that violates federal, State and local law in New York.  It may also implicate an obligation on employers to provide a safe workplace.

As to claims for employment discrimination, employers are required to take steps to prevent sexual harassment and assault and, if sexual harassment or assault is reported, to take immediate action to address the situation.  Moreover, an employee who reports sexual harassment or assault is legally protected against retaliation from her, his or their employer.

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Attorney Help Guest Blog: Can a Corporation be Held Liable for Sexual Assault in the Workplace?2023-06-15T16:27:58+00:00

In Gotham Gazette Lesley Brovner and Mark Peters Call on Mayor Adams to Improve City Government Before Vital Nonprofit Service Providers are Lost

In Gotham Gazette Lesley Brovner and Mark Peters Call on Mayor Adams to Improve City Government Before Vital Nonprofit Service Providers are Lost

By Lesley Brovner and Mark Peters
GothamGazette.com
March 2, 2023

In the opinion piece they lay out the crisis nonprofits face right now due the government’s failure to pay them on time and explain how the existence of these critical organizations, which New Yorkers – especially the poorest and most vulnerable — rely upon, is jeopardized.

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In Gotham Gazette Lesley Brovner and Mark Peters Call on Mayor Adams to Improve City Government Before Vital Nonprofit Service Providers are Lost2024-01-30T23:54:38+00:00

Peters Brovner Pen Guest Blog About Online Sexual Harassment on Legalreader.com

Peters Brovner Pen Guest Blog About Online Sexual Harassment on Legalreader.com

By Lesley Brovner and Mark Peters
Legalreader.com
February 27, 2023

Peters Brovner Pen Guest Blog About Online Sexual Harassment on Legalreader.com. In the article they explain how harassment online can increase the victim’s emotional distress because it has the potential to include all of cyberspace.

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Peters Brovner Pen Guest Blog About Online Sexual Harassment on Legalreader.com2024-01-30T23:54:44+00:00

Lesley Brovner Cited in Article on Steve Tyler’s Sexual Assault Case

Lesley Brovner Cited in Article on Steve Tyler’s Sexual Assault Case

Lesley Brovner is cited multiple times in a recent Vice article about the sexual assault case against Steve Tyler. She puts the Taylor case into context of the many other cases from recent years.

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Lesley Brovner Cited in Article on Steve Tyler’s Sexual Assault Case2024-01-30T23:54:51+00:00