Legal Commentary: Can I sue for being sexually assaulted by a physical therapist? Sexual assault lawyer Brian Kent discusses this common question for victims in the second part of this article.
Physical therapist and owner of COAST Rehab Lukas DeLorenzo was arrested on March 12 for allegedly groping two former employees under the guise that he was teaching them treatment methods. The 35-year-old has been charged with sexual contact based on inappropriate touching of a sexual nature.
Both victims reported that DeLorenzo groped them over a time period starting in September 2019. The inappropriate touching is alleged to have taken place at COAST Rehab in Manasquan and at a second undisclosed location in Brielle.
An investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Bureau, and the Manasquan and Brielle police departments remains ongoing.
If convicted, DeLorenzo fees up to 18 months in state prison for each count.
Investigators are concerned that there could be additional victims and are continuing to investigate for more information regarding DeLorenzo’s behavior. Anyone with information regarding this case has been asked to call Detective Jose Rodriguez with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-431-7160, ext. 7172.
Brian Kent is a former sex-crimes prosecutor who now represents sexual assault victims in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked Brian to share some of his thoughts on filing a lawsuit for sexual assault in the workplace:
In many sex crimes cases, the perpetrator was someone who was close to the victim and in a position of trust. For example, our sexual assault lawyers have seen many cases of sexual assault involving employees who have been sexually assaulted by their employers. When someone is sexually assaulted in the workplace, that victim has legal rights in both criminal and civil courts.
Reporting a sexual assault by your employer to law enforcement can lead to a criminal investigation and possible criminal charges. Additionally, you may have grounds for a civil sexual assault lawsuit against your employer.
In order to fully understand your legal options as a workplace sexual assault victim, we advise discussing your case with an experienced sexual assault lawyer. You can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our dedicated sexual assault lawyers.