Former teacher and camp counselor Christopher Lawrence Falzone has been arrested a second time on allegations of child sexual abuse. The 35-year-old from Davie was arrested the first time on August 13 and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation involving a camper at Camp Live Oak in Fort Lauderdale. The latest allegations involve multiple incidents of alleged abuse and multiple victims at Renaissance Charter School in Cooper City, where Falzone worked as a third-grade teacher during the 2017-18 school year. He has been fired from that position.
Falzone was arrested for the second time on Thursday, August 23. He has been accused of sexual battery upon multiple 9-year-old girls at Renaissance Charter School. The alleged victims told police that Falzone would play videos in science class, choose a girl as an "assistant" who would sit with him in the back of the class, and touch the girls inappropriately while the video played and the lights were turned off. The report says he also warned the girls not to tell anyone.
Falzone is being held in the main Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard specializes in helping the victims of sexual assault and abuse find justice. We've asked him to discuss the legal options available to families affected by sexual abuse by teachers:
Tragically, positions that involve working with children often attract sexual predators who seek to abuse kids. Far too often, we see headlines involving sexual abuse by teachers, camp counselors, coaches, and other positions that involve close work with kids. When this happens, the police must be notified so that these predators can be stopped and prosecuted. However, families going through this difficult situation should also be aware of other legal options.
In some cases, an organization, school, or other third party bears partial responsibility for a sexual assault. Sometimes negligence on the part of one of these third parties fails to prevent sexual abuse. Additionally, sometimes these third parties even cover up reports of abuse and enable the abuser to continue victimizing others. These third parties must also be held liable for their negligence. Victims and their families can demand accountability by taking legal action against these third parties in cases where negligence played a clear role in the sexual abuse.
Proving third-party negligence is complicated, but an experienced sexual abuse victims attorney can help your family make sure all parties involved in the abuse are held accountable.