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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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  • Like many people have said before… This is supposed to be a Christian school?!?! Sounds to me like theres more to the story. Especially if Mr. and Mrs. McAllister went to these countries to “hand pick” what children they wanted? Hmmm… I hope thise boys get justice from this whole situation. My prayers to them ❤

    Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 9:14 am
  • If this story has any merit, it is a blatant admission of guilt of knowledge by HCA. Has the Brooksville PD provided the HCA a list of the “alleged” victims? At this point there is only an ALLEGATION of crime. How can any lawyer conceive to propose this obvious violation of privacy and discrimination of children? What a disgrace of humanity exists in this whole situation! The devil is doing a happy dance. As a follower of God, I will be praying for these children and their families.

    Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 6:01 pm
    • The police report and media did a good job of helping everyone figure out who the students are; for some reason they did not redact their nationalities in their reports.

      Can you explain how this is a blatant admission of guilt,? As you point out, since this is still alleged, and since you don’t think HCA should act on an allegation, do you think the principal should not have been given administrative leave?

      Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 6:36 pm
  • Again folks!! Let’s make sure that ICE is notified of what took place at HCA. An independent federal investigation must be done. If someone was “feeding” these kids to this child molester then human trafficking has taken place. Federal crime!! Take Hogan off this case it’s a conflict. They represent the city of Brooksville as well as HCA???. How can they POLICE Dept not turn the investigation over to another agency??

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 8:22 pm
    • Yes, he and his wife went to these countries and hand picked the students. Look at her FB page…you can see every child they hosted and all their trips. It’s also quite interesting that the exchange program started the year they married. This should be a very long investigation in my opinion.

      Monday, 15 May 2017, 10:37 pm
      • Very interesting. Will get lots more interesting if somehow the investigation doesn’t get bungled, intentionally or otherwise.

        Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:56 am
  • This is so unfair to the victims but I would want to run as fast as I could to get the hell out of there!
    What about these boys parents? I hope they come here & get their own lawyers and shut this school down!
    Can you only imagine finding out something like this 1000’s & 1000’s of miles away about your child when you thought they were in safe hands? At a Christian school no less.
    Did these boys actually live with the principal & her filthy disgusting husband?
    Brooksville is a small town with very dirty politics & I personally think he will end up with nothing more than probation.

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 8:08 pm
    • Yes, all the victims lived with the Mcallister’s.

      Monday, 15 May 2017, 10:38 pm
  • Ms McAllister probably knew what was happening the whole time. Alot is hidden at HCA and she only cares about her enrollment numbers.

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 7:45 pm
    • What else is hidden at the school?

      Monday, 15 May 2017, 8:19 pm
      • Parent, there are many things hidden. If there are ever issues brought up in meetings with the superintendent, it easily gets turned around to the fault of the child. And the meeting will end with, ” this is as far as we are going to take it” …teachers get away with everything.

        Monday, 15 May 2017, 10:47 pm
        • Can you be any more specific? The superintendent has been there all of a few weeks…how many times has this happened in that short of a time period? If indeed the situation is as bad as you’ve described it (that teachers get away with everything),why are your children attending the school?

          Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 5:58 am
          • This was all before the new guy came in. Too many incidents to type.

            Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:54 pm
  • Cathy McAllister must resign or be fired immediately!
    Bruce deserves no less then 10yrs in a state jail….
    Great school , but Cathy has to go now!
    If I see her in the halls she is getting a peice of my mind! Her husband is a freak child molesting qu**r!

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 6:35 pm
  • One question for everyone???????? In sexual assaults the identity is kept private so by the school not allowing the students to attend the trip didn’t that just make there identity public? I’m sure there’s a few students it could have been and ppl were talking but now it’s made very clear who they are. Is that legal? Didn’t the school just put them in danger? Maybe I’m wrong someone can answer please thanks

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 6:27 pm
    • When the media and police reported these students as French and Italian it was pretty obvious. There is only a handful of European students on campus.

      Monday, 15 May 2017, 8:23 pm
      • A “handful ” is still more then 2 so there privacy was violated.

        Friday, 19 May 2017, 9:13 am
        • There are only two Students from one of the nationalities and only one from the other country; so you had a 100% chance of knowing one child and 50/50 on the other. So please, take it upon with the PD and media….all they had to do was redact a few words in their reports.

          Saturday, 20 May 2017, 12:33 am
  • This is complete and total bull sh*t !!!!!!! Not only do these children get to be looked at and talked about the rest of there lives now one of the things they have been working toward is taken away from them for NO good reason. I’m sure they had to work hard on keeping grades up to even be aloud to attend and now because of some nasty old man that couldn’t keep his di*k in his pants these kids get to suffer even more!!! I feel if they still wanted to go they should have been able to. That so called lawyer the school has just cost them a lot of money because that’s a LAWSUIT waiting to happen. To the kids…….. Hold your heads HI not all people are evil and you will and can get past this chapter in your life. To the scum bag…….karma is a bit*h and your gonna be bubba’s bit*h in prison 🙂

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 6:20 pm
    • I agree 100% with Jen!

      Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 9:08 am
  • In going back and reading the original artcle, I didn’t notice the word “alleged ” once, most everyone finding it disgusting and lots of concerns for the victims. Now with almost every post it is stating alleged sexual abuser and alleged victims, my has it already started, that this person could possibly get this swept under the rug and the young boys would get no justice?? Or is the school afraid that other students may chastise them while on a cruise? This is exactly WHY people that have been raped, assaulted SEXUALLY, sometimes DON’T TELL. . I GUESS THE OTHER CHILD ON THE OTHER ARTICLE, didn’t masturbate in front of teachers, and the ones that were gonna shoot people at that school is untrue as well. We live in a world that wrong is right, and right is wrong SAD

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 5:14 pm
    • It is called due process. Imagine a society based on your thought process of guilty until proven innocent…imagine someone making a claim against you and how you would defend yourself against that claim.

      Monday, 15 May 2017, 8:17 pm
  • Christian lives matter..

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 4:47 pm
    • The Lion of Judah shall break every chain!!

      Monday, 15 May 2017, 6:00 pm
      • Only chains needing to be broken are those of religious superstition and the damage they inflict.

        Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 11:07 am
  • Very sad. Glad I kept my kids safely away from religious types.

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 3:35 pm
    • Imagine the story if something, anything, God forbid, would’ve happened to the two students while on the cruise. This was a wise step taken by the school, sometimes an over abundance of precaution is called for.

      Why does the author think this is ‘disturbing’? Why paint this as if it’s revenge on the students. If the allegations are true, would any parent want their child on that cruise, or at that school?

      Why do the police paint this as ‘adverse’, instead of a cautionary step to protect the alleged victims? Why do the police refer to the students as victims rather than alleged victims? If Mcallister is guilty the last thing anyone wants is this guy getting off on a technicality because of police officers tainting potential jurors.

      Monday, 15 May 2017, 4:30 pm
      • Denying them a reward is protecting them? Bizarre.

        Monday, 15 May 2017, 4:52 pm
        • I deny my children rewards all the time for their own protection …in your relative world I’m sure that’s bizarre. I deny my children from running across a parking lot, even though they really want to run across the parking lot, I’d rather them not get hurt . If my children had been abused by McAllister or anyone at any school, there is no way they’d be in the school nor on a school cruise, again, for their own protection. The fact that you would continue to expose a child to abuse or danger after they brought forth these allegations is alarming.

          Monday, 15 May 2017, 5:44 pm
          • This is different and you’re old enough to know better. But apparently you enjoy making abused kid’s decisions for them.

            Your thinking is bizarre, as evidenced by your first remark. It’s also bizarre that one would defend this poor and abusive decision by the school in anyway.

            Monday, 15 May 2017, 6:48 pm
          • Repeating a statement makes it no more valid the second time. There’s nothing bizarre about protecting children from potential further abuse nor removing them from any associations with alleged former abuse. My analogy is a direct response to your claim that it’s is bizarre to neglect a child of a reward in order to protect the child. I gave you an example of when it is acceptable to refrain from rewarding a child in the face of danger.

            PS … I didnt make this decision, so I’m not sure how I am enjoying it.

            Monday, 15 May 2017, 7:51 pm
          • Your analogy is nonsense. If the kids are terrible, they shouldn’t be going either.

            Sorry, but bizarre and nonsense are excellent descriptors for your disregard for these children.

            You are correct, repeating yourself doesn’t improve your pathetic ideas.

            Monday, 15 May 2017, 8:13 pm
          • Argument ad nauseum and circular reasoning doesn’t make a very good argument- it’s bizarre because I said it’s bizarre and it’s bizarre.

            If you think it’s a great idea to put allegedly abused children back into an environment that would remind them of their abuse, then really there’s no helping you.

            Let the ad hominem continue in 3,2,1…

            Monday, 15 May 2017, 10:01 pm
          • McAllister will not be on the trip. That said the friends and classmates of the victims will. In not allowing them to go the school is in essence punishing the victims.

            Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 6:53 am
        • You keep repeating yourself. Your analogy is false. You are advocating for the school’s poor decision. By your own statements, you appear to have a bizarre thought process. Why not let the victims have a choice? Your arguments are pathetic. I think that’s pretty nice considering your advocating for abusive treatment of the abused.

          Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 12:41 pm
          • Yeah, you’ve said all that before. I get it, you would rather allow a student who has been allegedly abused back in an environment that is a constant reminder of the abuse. I would rather err on the side of caution for sake of the child. Now run off to your playground, put your fingers in your ears, and scream ‘bizarre’ over and over again, without actually defending your statements…a course in logic would help as well.

            Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 3:12 pm
    • It’s sad that atheists behave more Christian then these people that call themselves Christian.

      Monday, 15 May 2017, 4:34 pm
      • Could be because atheists don’t feel the need to rationalize the irrational or defend beliefs held without evidence or in total contradiction to know fact and reality therefore they can focus on real answers and solutions

        Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 7:30 am
        • It could be, I’m not atheist. I just hate constantly seeing people making a mockery of my religion.

          Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 12:43 pm
  • The School needs to do what’s best for the school if their attorney is advising that those students not go then let the parents use that money that was refunded to schedule them another trip and if any of the other students want to back out then by all means let them back out and take their own trip. this is what happens when schools try to organize something for the masses. Everybody’s looking for a Payday and the attorneys are trying to minimize those pay days. If we didn’t live in such a litigious environment common sense would say these kids should be allowed to go but because we live in a litigious Society the school has to protect itself. Schools do not have to provide a senior trip it is a luxury and not a requirement. Why don’t all the Mad parents create their own organization and sponsor a yearly end-of-the-school-year trip

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 3:10 pm
    • Organize something for the masses? Wasn’t this a senior cruise trip for HCA students? And aren’t these foreign exchange students, students of Hernando Christian Academy? What, because they told the truth, they are not going to be allowed on this trip? Doesn’t your King James version of the Bible say anything about telling the truth or acceptance of people? If they had remained silent, they would still be allowed to attend. Some of the people here are writing that there is also a question that these students will not be able to graduate. Is that a luxury too? Mad parents or angry parents? And who wants to create an organization that may or may not sponsor, or include an employee at least, the sort of activity that has allegedly happened to these students, which is not tuff love, by the way, but abuse?

      Monday, 15 May 2017, 4:15 pm
    • It’s a disgusting move. To decent people, it would seem to be yet another reason for the abused kids to sue the school.

      Disgusting faux Christians. I guess to the brainwashed, it seems ok.

      Monday, 15 May 2017, 4:31 pm
    • Your suggestion about the mad parents is laughable. How about the decent parents demand these children not be abused again? How about doing something right?

      Monday, 15 May 2017, 4:40 pm
      • no good can come from this trip. The ones looking for bad things to happen will find a way to be miserable. Those going to have fun will complain about those being miserable. The parents will blame the school for not providing enough activities. The school will blame it on funding. This trip is destined to be remembered for all the wrong reasons.i am not saying nor do i think the victims should be singled out what I am saying is I think the trip should be cancelled as a result of not all students being allowed to go. The students can still go since the money can be refunded as already noted. Only difference is the parents would be in charge of the kids.

        Monday, 15 May 2017, 7:57 pm
        • The parents should be standing up and doing the right thing.

          If they raised terrible children who would terrorize these kids, then they obviously shouldn’t go either.

          Monday, 15 May 2017, 8:10 pm
    • You must work at that school…… How can you defend their actions??? The way your talking you could even be the nasty perverts wife. So what is it? Why r u defending the school and lawyers???

      Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 8:18 am
  • As usual, victims of sex crimes continue to be victimized, abused and even PUNISHED for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and being the “wrong” age. These kids are now prohibited from going on the senior class cruise, which I’ll bet they’d been looking forward to as much as the non-sexually manipulated students. Yes, I DO get the “chain of custody” thing. They will need to keep the gory details and memories fresh and pure, with the help of many others involved in the case. But on top of this, many of the charges have been downgraded to lesser offences because some of the victims had the audacity to be 17. I doubt this pig waited patiently, calendar in hand, until these mile marker birthdays hit. Unlikely, as apparently this has gone on for years. Victims in other notable cases of sexual abuse have come forward DECADES after the fact, and been able to charge retroactively. It only makes sense that these BOYS be allowed to follow suit. Mr. Lemons, I am glad that you asked the Brooksville Police to explain why so many of these crimes have been classified as misdemeanor battery. They don’t consider ALL of this activity sexual in nature? Here’s the issue as I see it. Captain Rick Hankins says that because some of the offenses took place at the age of 17, the law considers them to be misdemeanor battery. But if the perp, McAllister, touched any of the CHILDREN while they were 16 and under, THEN the charges would be considered sexual battery. Which particular law is Captain Hankins referring to? Florida Statute 784.03 states that the crime of misdemeanor battery is committed when a person either intentionally touches or strikes another person against their will; or intentionally causes bodily harm to another person. When it comes to touching or striking a person, there is no requirement that the person be injured – the non-consensual contact is sufficient. BUT-Here’s the hitch. Florida Age of Consent is 18 years old. In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. FLorida Statute Statute 794.05: “(1) As used in this section, “sexual activity” means oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object; however, sexual activity does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose.” Oh wait! McMolester is a physical therapist who gives massages. “Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors. A person 24 years of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. Individuals AGED 17 OR YOUNGER in Florida are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape. Close in age exemptions exist, allowing minors aged 16 or 17 to engage in sexual intercourse with a partner no older than age 23.” Mr. Bruce McAllister is 68 years old. Do the math……

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 2:34 pm
    • Well written….well stated…….well done!!!!! AMEN

      Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 8:12 pm
    • @EarthOrgan… You couldnt have proven that point any better!!! Well done!!!

      Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 9:03 am
  • I must have missed something. Am I to understand, two girls we’re sexual abused by a male employee at the school, that the school hired and the girls are being banned from going on a class trip because of that situation? If this is the case, dear God, come now.

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 2:32 pm
    • Not that it matters, but the victims were boys.

      Monday, 15 May 2017, 3:20 pm
  • Can you say law suit

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 2:23 pm
  • We all need to share this story! Ridiculous response by both the school and the police dept. their lame excuse that ALL of the charges are misdemeanors because SOME of the events took place after the boy(s) were 17 is not good enough!

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 2:10 pm
  • This is definitely an appropriate response from a member of the HCA cult speaking up! Lol. This should be a very interesting investigation!

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 1:59 pm
  • You guys want to still go on the cruise or did i read wrong…?

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 1:26 pm
    • Why shouldn’t they? Are you implying that they have something to be ashamed of?

      Monday, 15 May 2017, 2:11 pm
  • I thought the victims were not going to be identified. Barring them from a class trip will surely expose their identities. What matters is that the (alleged) pervert adult coach isn’t on the trip/ I sure hope he’s not.

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 1:07 pm
  • It doesn’t make sense…maybe some sort of liability? Afraid of additional lawsuits? Seems like the victims’ privacy has been violated to single them out like that.

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 1:04 pm
  • I’m sure they are also banned from graduating..Thats the buzz from the school boardl. Very likely.

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 12:37 pm
  • So if you sexually batter a 17 year old girl it’s misdemeanor battery, HUH? This law needs to be changed if that’s the case

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 12:31 pm
    • They were boys, not girls. Either way, it’s sad!!

      Monday, 15 May 2017, 1:03 pm
  • Every host parent and student should be boycotting this. Let’s see how “Christian” these people really are.

    I’m guessing they’re about as”Christian” as trump, Ryan, Rubio, etc. Only Christian when it lines their pockets or brings them pleasure.

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 12:11 pm
    • Typical church crap, shame the victims. “They shouldn’t have been twirkin’.”
      Who would want to go on a cruise with those weirdos anyway? Just go on another cruise, only with COOL people. ?

      Monday, 15 May 2017, 2:31 pm
    • Jimbo….are you really that ignorant to somehow tie republicans into this? Thank God you Hillary types” aren’t in office!!! BTW…If the students go and have a great time it would look in the eyes of an attorney as a “nn big del
      no big deal/not harmed ” situation!!

      Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 8:42 am
      • Oh please, so faux Christians are ok with you? I don’t see any on any level stepping up to do the right thing.

        And no, the gops Hoover econ plan hasn’t worker here or in any other country. We rank 17th in standard of living. No conservative countriez are ahead off us. Duh.

        Faux Christians are a big part of what is destroying our country. You’re obviously too ignorant of basic facts to lukewarm beyond your pre conceived notions.

        Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 12:35 pm
        • Nothing in this reply makes any sense AT ALL……what are you talking about?!?!?!?!

          Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 8:03 pm
      • Jimbo is just narcissistic enough to use this tragic event and this forum to spout off about whatever irks him apparently, which dimenshes the plight of these students. He is a walking red herring.

        Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 3:58 pm
    • So where are the Christian parents and student standing up and saying we won’t let these kids be victimized again?

      Lol, thinking faux Christians will do the right thing!

      Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 12:47 pm
    • To Parent above, that’s why they are phrased as questions. Thanks for answering.

      Saturday, 20 May 2017, 10:44 pm
  • This is absurd. What idiot made this decision? And, nobody will do a damn thing about it. What happened to America,did it just die?

    Monday, 15 May 2017, 11:46 am
    • So Hernando Christian Academy, at the advice of their lawyer, the Hogan law firm, is not allowing these students to go on this senior cruise. Is the same Hogan law firm also representing Mc Allister? If this were a public school, and a teacher was accused of this, the teacher would be responsible to get their own attorney. And does this mean that if this happened again, or the accusation, to another student at Hernando Christian Academy by a different teacher, that the school would hire a lawyer to discredit the child’s statement using tuition funds paid by parents?

      Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 6:38 pm
      • What are you taking about? HCA is not paying for McAllisters attorney. And how did the attorneys discredit the child’s statement?

        Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:46 pm
        • O.K. So HCA is not paying for Mc Allister’s attorney. That’s good, but do they have the same attorney? And if Mc Allister is not pleading guilty or he says that these accusations are false, won’t his lawyer have to discredit the child’s statement?

          Friday, 19 May 2017, 4:19 pm
          • Why does HCA have to have an attorney also, since when are they being accused?

            Friday, 19 May 2017, 4:23 pm
          • Court records indicate Robert Morris is Mcallisters attorney, so no, it’s not the same law firm as HCA’s. It’s standard for any private business this size to have attorneys on retainer; contracts, subpoenas, regulations etc etc.

            But it’s interesting you bring up public school teachers. More than likely, that teacher would be represented at least initially by a union lawyer, who would be paid for via union dues, from a teacher who is paid via our tax dollars, so you are pretty much wrong about everything in your initial comment.

            Saturday, 20 May 2017, 1:04 am

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