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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Famed Television Personality Sued For Childhood Sexual Abuse
Man is Accused of Repeatedly Assaulting Runaway Teenaged Boy
The Accused is Now Nationally Syndicated & Led Miami Planetarium For Years
Horkheimer is a nationally-recognized host of Star Gazer, a syndicated TV show that has aired throughout the U.S. for more than 30 years. Horkheimer previously worked as executive director of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium, which claims to have one of the nation’s largest summer camp programs for children under 15.
In 1975, the plaintiff, John Doe, ran away from his North Carolina home and moved to South Florida. He soon met Horkheimer, who offered to take the boy in as soon as he learned that Doe had no place to stay. After Doe moved in, Horkheimer began making sexual advances toward the 15 year old. Horkheimer quickly escalated his advances to oral sex. The sexual abuse typically consisted of Horkheimer putting his mouth on the boy’s penis at night in bed. Alone and desperate for shelter, Doe endured the sexual abuse for nearly five weeks before he moved out and back on the streets.
The suit says that Horkheimer lives “a double-life as a TV personality and a sexual predator.” Doe is represented by Miami attorney Adam Horowitz.
Doe is now 51 years old and lives in Miami. Horkheimer is 72 years old and still lives in the same Miami home where he abused Doe. Horkheimer has never married and has no children.
John Doe v. Jack Horkheimer a/k/a Foley Arthur Horkheimer (Case No. 2010-37092-CA-03) is filed in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court. A copy of the lawsuit is available at http://jessicaarbour.blogspot.com.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests