Civil Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit: Trial Begins Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Civil Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit: Trial Begins Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Civil Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit: Trial Begins Tuesday, January 19, 2016

WHAT: This is a civil child sexual abuse case against Bright Horizons Family Solutions (NYSE: BFAM).  Bright Horizons is a public company and is the largest operator of child care centers in the world.  In addition, there are three pending criminal cases against the alleged perpetrator, Olakunle Omomowo (“Ola”) who was the music teacher.  The relevant allegations are as follows:

· Ola was accused of the inappropriate touching of children before working at Bright Horizons.

· Bright Horizons fabricated Ola’s employment reference checks when he was caught touching children at Bright Horizons.

· In March, 2013 Bright Horizons was warned by parents that Ola was playing a tickling game with children and maybe grooming them for sexual abuse.  Bright Horizons did not report the allegations to authorities nor did it investigate the allegations.

· Bright Horizons allowed Ola to continue to be alone with the children and to play the tickle game.

· Bright Horizons policies allow teachers to touch children in a manner that may be grooming behavior because they do not know it is grooming until after a child is sexually abused.  Permitted touching includes any touch on a child’s body excluding violence and actual sexual abuse.  School officials testified that a male teacher can even put a little girl on his lap and bounce her up and down.

· In May, 2013, a four year old girl disclosed that Ola was sexually abusing her during music class.  Multiple victims came forward.

· After the May allegations, Bright Horizons secretly hired a nationally renowned criminal defense attorney, Tom Pavlinic, to represent Ola.  Pavlinic states on his web site that “Tom has a special interest in defending child sex abuse cases in which the complainants are pre-school or very young children.”

· Court has allowed claim for punitive damages.



Broward County Courthouse

201 S.E. 6th Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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