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Fort Lauderdale, FL - New Life Charter Academy Janitor, Bryam Salas, Charged with Sexually Abusing 8-Year-Old Student in Bathroom

Fort Lauderdale, FL - New Life Charter Academy Janitor, Bryam Salas, Charged with Sexually Abusing 8-Year-Old Student in Bathroom
Published: June 25, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on June 25, 2024

FL Charter School Janitor Charged with Sexually Abusing Student

Local 10 reported that a 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a young student at the charter school where he was employed. According to a police report, Bryam Salas confessed to the heinous acts after a social studies teacher at New Life Charter Academy, located at 3550 Davie Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, reported that the student had confided in her about the sexual abuse.

Salas, a resident of Port St. Lucie, admitted to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department that he had sexually abused the 8-year-old girl in a restroom while working as a janitor at the school. "I know what I did was wrong, but like at the same time I know I didn't do something that's drastic enough to ruin that little girl's life, which I probably did, but not really to a point where I am like hurting her or wanting to hurt her," Salas said during his confession.

The arrest report stated that Salas met the student in August, and the abuse escalated from "hugging" to "tickling" and then to sexual abuse in September and October. Salas claimed that "part of me hated doing it," and that he was in the act of abusing the victim when two other students walked into the restroom. Salas allegedly told the girls he was fixing a toilet and asked them to go back to class.

The police investigation began on November 6, and on March 19, Broward County prosecutors filed a first-degree felony case against Salas. He was arrested on Thursday and is now being held at the Paul Rein Detention Facility in Pompano Beach without bond on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim younger than 12. A judge has set his bond for the additional charge of lewd and lascivious conduct at $100,000.

Salas is no longer employed at the New Life Charter Academy, and the school has yet to comment on the disturbing allegations.

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Protecting Victims of Sexual Abuse: A Conversation on Charter School Accountability

In the wake of the disturbing news of a charter school employee's arrest for sexually abusing a young student, we sit down with experienced Florida child sex abuse lawyer Jen Lipinski to discuss the legal rights and options available to charter school sexual abuse victims and their families. Lipinski provides valuable insights on how negligent parties can be held accountable and the pivotal role an attorney can play in ensuring justice is served.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Thank you for joining us today to discuss instances of sexual abuse at a charter school. As an attorney experienced in child sexual abuse cases, what are the legal rights available to victims and their families in a situation like this?

Attorney Jen Lipinski (JL): Well, Darla, this is a heartbreaking situation, but victims of such crimes do have important legal rights. First and foremost, they have the right to seek compensation from the perpetrator for the harm caused. They can also potentially sue the charter school if it can be shown that the school was negligent in hiring, supervising, or retaining the perpetrator despite warning signs of their dangerous behavior.

DM: That's really important information. Can you expand on how the charter school could be held accountable in a case like this?

JL: Absolutely. Charter schools have a duty to protect the students in their care from foreseeable harm, including sexual abuse by employees. If the school failed to conduct proper background checks, implement adequate safeguards, or respond appropriately to any previous reports of misconduct, they could be liable for negligence. The victim's family may be able to recover damages to cover medical expenses, therapy, and other costs associated with the abuse.

DM: And what advice would you offer to other families who may find themselves in a similar situation of a charter school employee sexually abusing a student?

JL: My advice would be to act quickly and seek the guidance of an experienced child sexual abuse attorney. Time is of the essence in preserving evidence and ensuring the victim receives the support and resources they need. An attorney can help navigate the complex legal system, advocate for the victim's rights, and work to hold all responsible parties accountable, whether it's the perpetrator, the charter school, or any other negligent parties. The most important thing is to prioritize the victim's wellbeing and ensure they receive justice.

DM: Thank you for providing this valuable insight. It's a difficult topic, but your expertise is greatly appreciated.

JL: You're very welcome, Darla. I'm always available to discuss these important issues and help protect the rights of child victims of sexual abuse.

Seeking Support and Justice for Charter School Sex Abuse

For families facing similar situations of sexual abuse by a charter school employee, time is of the essence. Jen Lipinski strongly advises acting quickly and seeking guidance from an experienced child sexual abuse attorney. They can help navigate the complex legal system, advocate for the victim's rights, and work tirelessly to hold all responsible parties accountable. If you or a loved one have been impacted by such a devastating crime, we urge you to contact our firm for a free, confidential consultation. Our team is committed to protecting victims, seeking justice, and ensuring they receive the support and resources they need to heal and move forward.


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