Additional Criminal Charges Against Catholic and Private School Teacher
(For Immediate Release)
A 29-year-old teacher — who was working at a Jewish private school when police officers arrested him for child sex crimes at a private Catholic school and a charter school — is facing more charges on Wednesday in Miami-Dade County. Eric Bernard Givens, also known as “Mr G.”, has been at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center since Friday without bond. County jail and court records show that on Wednesday he was facing charges in cases involving three girls.
According to court records, the additional criminal cases involve two other girls who said Givens abused them while he was their teacher at St. Mary Cathedral School and a girl who met Givens while he was her teacher at the Theodore R. and Thelma A. Gibson Charter School in Miami's Overtown district.
For many, hearing and sharing stories can play a vital role in their recovery from trauma and yet, it inspired others to find the strength to come forward to law enforcement. We have nothing but praise for these brave young girls who are holding Givens accountable. By doing so, they are also protecting kids, moving the wheels of justice, and starting the healing journey. While it is not uncommon for victims to feel scared, alone, and isolated, we hope that the victims and their families in this case know they have made a huge difference. The alleged abuser is young. Shortening the career of an alleged or convicted predator saves lives.
Private school administration and Church officials should be doing everything within their power to ensure another case like Givens is not allowed to happen to another child. Officials from these schools should make known Givens previous work history and reach out to previous students and their family
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