UPDATE 6/7/2017, 7:59 P.M. – Attorney Deborah Hogan with the Hogan Law Firm tells RNRF that only one subpoena was submitted to Hernando Christian Academy and the deadline for compliance is not until June 17th of this year. Hogan further stated “HCA is and always does cooperate with authorities.” Hogan could not elaborate further on the details of the case at this time.
UPDATE: 6/7/2017, 10:06 P.M. – Bruce McAllister’s attorney, Bob Morris of the Morris Law Group contacted RNRF this morning to advise that his client did not “skip town” and is not in custody by any agency. Morris further advised that most of the charges have been dropped against his client and that only one Battery and on Sexual Battery charge remains. Morris says his client only has to let his bondsman know where he travels and does not have to report to law enforcement. “Remember, he’s only accused at this point, not convicted,” says Morris.
Attorney Ellis Faught also contacted RNRF this morning and confirmed that his office has been retained by two alleged victims. Faught says both victims were 17 at the time of the alleged sexual misconduct by Bruce McAllister and that one has since turned 18. Faught would not elaborate on the victim’s country of origin.
Faught says, “At such time we have proper evidence to file a complaint, we will move forward.” Faught did not exclude Hernando Christian Academy as a potential defendant but says the exact number of defendants would not be known until the conclusion of his investigation.
We have also received information that Hernando County Christian still has time to respond to the subpoenas submitted by Brooksville Police, however, that has yet to be confirmed.
BROOKSVILLE – There are new developments in the case against Bruce McAllister, the former Hernando Christian Academy staff member charged with sexual battery on several foreign exchange students.
According to Brooksville Police Captain Rick Hankins, The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office has taken McAllister into custody and he is being treated at an unknown facility at this time. The nature of the treatment cannot be disclosed due to confidentiality laws, according to Hankins.
Sources say McAllister and his wife fled the area without notifying authorities, which violates the conditions of his pretrial release.
Hankins also advised that Hernando Christian Academy is not cooperating with investigators in turning over information that may lead to the identity of other victims. Hankins says they’ve served two subpoenas to HCA since the investigation began back in May but neither has prompted a response.
RNRF is awaiting comment from the Hogan Law Firm on why their client, HCA, may not be cooperating with the investigation.
We have also learned that at least one of McAllister’s alleged victims may have retained the services of attorney Ellis Faught to represent them in a potential civil lawsuit against HCA. Attorney Faught declined to comment on the case and would not confirm or deny his involvement.
There are unconfirmed reports that attorney Bob Morris is representing Bruce McAllister.
We will bring more on this story as it develops.
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