Sexual Abuse Victims Banned from HCA Senior Cruise, A Host Mother Speaks Out
BROOKSVILLE – A disturbing new development in the case against a former Hernando Christian Academy staff member who allegedly abused at least two foreign exchange students.
After RNRF broke the news of HCA staff member Bruce McAllister’s arrest, we received new information that the victims were told they would not be allowed to attend the senior class cruise.
According to an HCA Host Parent who wished to remain anonymous, HCA refunded monies paid by the victims to join their senior class on a year-end cruise. She claims that at the advice of the school’s attorney, HCA notified the victims of the action and provided a full refund. The Host Parent spoke highly of HCA and says, “With the exception of Principal Cathy McAllister, who has been placed on administrative leave, the remaining staff do a great job.”
A spokesperson with the Brooksville Police Department told RNRF “Although we cannot comment on the allegation, our investigators were advised of a complaint regarding adverse actions taken against the victims.” We asked Officials if this action could interfere or obstruct their investigation but they were unable to comment at this time.
We attempted to contact HCA Attorney Cliff Taylor of the Hogan Law Firm for comment but he has not returned our calls.
We asked Brooksville Police to explain why there are dozens of misdemeanor battery Charges that are not considered sexual in nature. Captain Rick Hankins explained that if a perpetrator touches a child who is 16 and under, those charges would be considered sexual battery, but because some of the offenses took place at the age of 17, the law considered those offenses to be misdemeanor battery.
RNRF will continue to bring more on this story as it develops.
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