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Joshua Perez accused of sexual battery and exposing himself

In the below article, Kiri Blakeley of Daily Mail writes about the January 2, 2017 arrest of Joshua Perez, age 28, at Valencia Flores Apartments in Orlando, Florida. Perez was charged with Sexual Battery and Exposure Of Sexual Organs. Florez admitted to having sex with one of the girls several times, but claimed it was consensual. The abuse came to light when he exposed himself to the other victim.

Joshua Perez, 28, of Orlando was charged with sexual abuse in connection with two foreign exchange students 
Joshua Perez, 28

… Joshua Perez, 28, of Orlando, Florida, is facing charges after being accused of forcing an exchange student to have sex with him multiple times while she was living with him.

He is also accused of exposing his genitals to another foreign exchange student.

Both victims were reportedly from Vietnam…

Perez faced a judge Tuesday … Perez, above, bailed out of jail on Tuesday night …

The entire article can be read at Daily Mail

Name: Joshua Perez, Orlando, FL 32825
Booking #: 17000171, Race: White, Gender: Male, Ethnicity: Hispanic, Age: 28, Cell: BRC-MBF-NA
Case: 482017CF00070AO, Orange County Sheriff Office
794.011(5) Felony/Second Degree: Sexual Battery – Not Likely to Cause Injury
800.03 Misdemeanor/First Degree: Exposure of Sexual Organs

2017: Bruce McAllister may have been sexually abusing exchange students for several years

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Sexual predators come in all shapes and sizes. Discovering one is often a matter of chance, as was the case when a complaint was made to Florida Department of Children and Families. People around them often find it difficult to believe that the abuser could possibly have done what they are accused of doing. Some of them are pillars of their societies. Such is the case with Bruce McAllister from Brooksville, Florida.

Bruce McAllister is 68 years old and married to the principal of Hernando Christian Academy. Cathy McAllister is currently on administrative leave. Bruce was a volunteer at the Hernando Christian Academy McAllister where he “assisting in the physical therapy training of athletes” by giving massages. After the school were contacted by investigators they fired him. He was also a volunteer with the Hernando Sheriff’s Office until his arrest. Until the investigation began, McAllister was considered a pillar of his society.

Hernando Christian Academy is a private Christian school in Brooksville, Florida. They welcome foreign exchange students into their school and the homes of their students’ parents as an opportunity to be missionaries “to share the love of Jesus Christ in your own home“. Foreign exchange organizations, such as Three Way International, find host-families through the Academy. Each family can (but do not have to) receive $600 per student to offset their expenses. They are asked twice about criminal background and/or sexual misconduct.

Cathy and Bruce McAllister began hosting foreign exchange students in their home in 2006 and have been part of the Hernando Christian Academy exchange program since. Bruce McAllister has had contact with many more boys in his role as what he claimed “a physical therapist and an expert in sports medicine”. From what the investigators have uncovered, he groomed the boys actively from the time exchange students arrived in September of the school-year by using his position as an assistant with the school teams. The first case was from 2006, the year the McAllister’s began hosting and the police believe it is likely that there are several potential victims. In addition to sexual massages, McAllister also served the boys alcohol.

Bruce R. McAllister was arrested May 11, 2017 by the Hernando Sheriff’s Department and charged with with five counts of sexual battery by a custodian of a person between the ages of 12 and 18 years old, and 27 counts of battery. His victims, this year, were from different European countries. Bail was set at $77000. After he was released on bail, Bruce and Cathy left the area without notifying authorities, but were picked up by The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. Bruce R. McAllister is now considered a flight risk.

If you have something to report regarding Bruce R. McAllister of Hernando Christian Academy in Brooksville, Florida, PLEASE contact Detective Pasternak at (352) 540-3800, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-990-TIPS and hernandocountycrimestoppers.com.

2016: STS: Orlando, Florida, USA

Chaotic room 2
Chaotic room 2

When exchange students have had a wonderful or decent time during their language course or exchange semester/year, it can be difficult for them to accept that there are many students who have poor or horrible experiences. Very few students find out about the organizations (like CSFES) that are willing to help them find a way to solve their problems when their exchange agency fails them. Students are even told by some exchange firms that CSFES is not a serious organization.

Most youth who go on some form of language travel have a decent time. Sadly, many do not. They are placed in homes that aren’t prepared to take care of them. One such student is a 14 year old Finnish boy who went on a language trip to Orlando, Florida with STS. Considering the state of the host-house we are shown, CSFES is troubled, once again, by the apparent lack of background checks. It is obvious from the state of the house, that the owner had been struggling for quite some time. However, many students are placed in such homes. Thankfully, the Finnish language student took pictures and filmed the state of the host-house. He, and the the other three students living in the home, had to pay for food that the host-mother was supposed to provide. When he bought food, the host-mother ate most of it. You will see that sleeping space was tight. The rule that most exchange/language organizations follow is no more than two students per room unless the room is very spacious.

Laundry pile in host home
Laundry pile in host home

In addition to problems with the host family, the organization did not keep its promises regarding activities the students had been promised. This student found out that other students in other places and homes had completely different and safer homes and representatives. From the video, pictures and post, what this student went through was a clear case of neglect by the host family and STS.

Finland’s country manager, Mira Silvonen, tried to claim that the boy had not gone on a trip this year. This is how most of the organizations respond to complaints, by denial. That is what frustrates parents, students and helpers most: The complete inability to admit that the exchange service is at fault for choosing the wrong host family.

Towards the end of his recollection, the former Finnish language student informs us that a Swedish student, who had written a poor review, was offered money by STS to remove his review.

2014: Amie Lou Neely deemed sexual predator

SEX BATT/COERCE CHILD BY ADULT; F.S. 794.011(8)(b) (PRINCIPAL) | 1203327 | Guilty/convict
SEX BATT/COERCE CHILD BY ADULT; F.S. 794.011(8)(b) (PRINCIPAL) | 1203327 | Guilty/convict

2012 Nov 13: Amie Neely, Teacher, Accused Of Having Sex With Foreign Exchange Student

2012 Nov 13: Neely accused Of Having Sex With Foreign Exchange Student

Posted: 11/13/2012 1:51 pm EST Updated: 11/14/2012 3:29 am EST

A suspicious husband used the GPS capability on his wife’s cellphone to find the 38-year-old teacher having sex with a 16-year-old boy.

Amie Neely now faces a felony sexual assault charge after being arrested by Port St. Lucie, Fla. police early Sunday morning, according to TC Palm.

WPBF reports that the boy was an exchange student living with Neely and her husband at the time of the alleged assault. There is also another exchange student still taking up residence there, according to the station.

There is no indication that Neely, who teaches at Community Christian Academy, ever taught the student she’s accused of assaulting.

The boy told cops he drove Neely to an area near St. Lucie West Centennial High School. He said he got in the back seat with Neely and, as the two were having sex, the teacher’s husband walked up to the car and discovered them.

Neely allegedly blamed “midlife crisis” feelings for her behavior when questioned by police, according to TC Palm. She also said the boy kept asking for sex and she hoped he would stop asking if she went along with his requests, according to police. The boy told cops he and Neely had sex on multiple occasions, including inside the teacher’s home.

Community Christian Academy told WPBF they are cooperating with authorities and have no further comment at this time.

Neely was released on $15,000 bail.

2009 Aug 23: James had been denied Big Brother access yet approved by PIE

Naples Daily News | By Elysa Delcorto |  Posted August 23, 2009 at 8:03 p.m.

COLLIER COUNTY — Sometimes safeguards to protect kids do work.

Just ask the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Florida.

They did an extensive background check on Shernon James, a Golden Gate Estates man recently accused of molesting an exchange student, and denied him access to the organization in April.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Florida CEO Michele Guptill called James’ claims that he was “a Big Brother to many,” just plain false.

However, Guptill said James’ case raises some serious questions.

“I wonder how many of these (foreign exchange) agencies are using this level of background checks,” Guptill said.

With the fallout surrounding the arrest of James for lewd and lascivious battery on a minor between 12 to 15 and distributing obscene material to a minor in Osceola County, state and local nonprofits want to reassure parents that with the right procedure, predators can be stopped in their tracks before they even get close to a child.

“We have one of the most stringent background checks around,” said Guptill.

Guptill said she could not go into particulars about why James was not accepted to the program. However, there are media reports showing that James had been arrested in 2005 on a child porn charge. He was acquitted a year later and the record was expunged.

As of Friday, James remained in the Osceola County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Due to the expunged record, no flags were raised when James applied to volunteer as a basketball coach at the Greater Naples Branch of the YMCA.

“His background check didn’t find anything,” said YMCA spokeswoman Robin Siewers.

Siewers went on to say that the YMCA has two different background check procedures for staff and volunteers.

All staff gets a national criminal background check and that those applying to work in the YMCA’s on-site childcare program must also submit their fingerprints, which are run through the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Volunteers, however, only have to pass a local background check.

Regardless, Siewers said that at no point were any of the kids coached by James in danger.

“All of our programs we structured so they (volunteers) are still supervised by staff,” said Siewers. “No one is allowed to be alone with kids one-on-one.”

She added that no one is allowed to have practices outside of the YMCA either.

“The safety and well being of the children in our care has been and always will be our main priority,” said Siewers, who acknowledged that the YMCA was dismayed by the news and that they’re taking the case very seriously. “We contacted all the parents to let them know. We wanted to make sure that they knew and addressed any concerns that they had.”

According to Guptill, to join Big brothers Big Sisters the first things prospective volunteers have to do is meet with an intake specialist.

Guptill said the specialists are trained to detect pedophiles, do background checks and interviews.

“They are trained in asking the deeper questions,” said Guptill.

After an initial meeting with the specialist, the applicants then still have to fill a lengthy application and obtain five letters of reference.

In addition, they have to provide the nonprofit with a copy of their driver license and insurance cards.

Then once they’ve completed all that, they still have to go through an eight-page intake assessment with the specialist.

“We have had people come into our lobby, hear that it’s the next step and they will walk out,” said Guptill, who called the process intense.

Only when they get the go ahead from the specialist, Guptill said prospective volunteers are then sent to the Collier Sheriff’s Office to be fingerprinted.

The prints are then sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, where a nationwide background check — going as far back as the 1940s — is done. Guptill said fingerprinting is the best way to protect children.

During the time it takes for the prints to be run, the intake specialist is talking to references.

“Our No. 1 priority is child safety,” said Guptill.

But that’s not even the last part of the application process.

“Once they pass all that, the specialist checks for local info,” Guptill said. “They get Googled three times over.”

If a person comes back with any history of violence they are automatically rejected from the program. The same goes for bad driving records or questionable histories.

Sometimes even if the kids don’t have that much direct contact, some nonprofits require that volunteers still undergo stringent application procedures.

That’s the case with Florida’s Guardian Ad Litem Program, said spokeswoman Deborah Moore.

“Our volunteers don’t actually physically care for the kids, they represent them as advocates (in court),” said Moore. “They insure the child is being well taken care of.”

Moore said the Guardian Ad Litem program has extensively trained its staff, which interviews all of the Guardian applicants.

“This is a very important responsibility that our advocates have,” she said.

Moore said that in addition to doing a criminal background check and having their fingerprints vetted through FDLE, applicants are individually screened and interviewed.

“They complete a volunteer application,” said Moore. “But it’s very important that we meet with each individual.”

And although there are always some bad seeds, Guptill said there are still groups out there with the well-being of kids in mind.

“There are a lot of good agencies out there doing great work,” she said.

© 2009 Naples Daily News.


Shernon James

2009 Aug 12: James previous arrest on child porn charge

By TRACY X. MIGUEL-NAVARRO, AISLING SWIFT Posted August 12, 2009 at 7:01 a.m.

NAPLES — His former boss knew it was just a matter of time before Shernon James would get arrested again.

So Kevin Smith, who owns a local talent agency, wasn’t shocked to hear James, who was sponsoring a Ukranian foreign exchange student, has been charged with molesting the 15-year-old boy during a visit to Kissimmee.

“I’m surprised that it has taken him this long,” Smith said Wednesday, adding that James knows all the ways to work the system to his advantage. “But eventually, he would get caught.”

James, 27, of 2818 Inlet Cove Lane W., was arrested late Monday after the student complained his host had fondled him while they slept in the same bed at the Omni Hotel at Champions Gate, according to an Osceola County Sheriff’s Office report. He was charged with felony counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and distributing obscene material to a minor.

In March 2006, James was acquitted of 10 counts of possessing child porn after a Collier Circuit jury heard testimony that four other employees of a local talent agency, which fired him, had access to his computer, not just him. Collier Sheriff’s detectives testified he admitted downloading the porn — obscene photos of young boys — but because it wasn’t a taped confession, he denied that and jurors found him not guilty. His criminal record was then expunged.

“I feel very bad for the Ukranian family. … He is sick,” Smith said of James, adding that he’d heard James volunteers as a youth coach and Big Brother.

According to his Web site, shernonjames.com, James works as a disc jockey, a computer professional, owns several businesses, and is a “big brother (to many).”

Michele Guptill, chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Florida, said James was currently not a Big Brother, but had applied to volunteer. She couldn’t confirm whether he had been accepted.

James’ Web site says he owns icyhost.com, and smartguysIT.com, both computer businesses, as well as skytopevents.com. Only Sky Top Events and Productions, a party planning company, has a state business license, according to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation.

James is a 2001 graduate of Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe, Pa. and grew up in Pennsylvania.

The exchange student, who planned to live with James’ family this school year, told investigators James took nude pictures of him with a cell phone and showed him the photos, according to his arrest report, which says he also was shown photos of other nude men on the cell phone. The report says the teen arrived in Florida on Aug. 6. The report did not state what agency set up the exchange or what Collier County school the student will be attending.

On both nights at the hotel, the report says, the teen told deputies he and James slept in the same bed wearing only their underwear. The first night, the report says, James touched the boy inappropriately and the next night, James tried to pull the boy’s underwear down but the boy pulled away.

When deputies arrived, they discovered the nude photos on James’ cell phone. Based on that evidence and the boy’s statements, James was arrested and booked into the Osceola County jail. Records show he remained held on $25,000 bond Wednesday. If convicted of the top charge in Osceola Circuit Court, he faces a maximum of 10 years in a state prison.

© 2009 Naples Daily News.

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