Is Councilman Scott Galvin a Child Molester?

Scott Galvin sexually molested me when you went to visit Ron when I was 12. Jeff wasn’t home I didn’t know what was going on and after he said if I tell you he’d hurt me. I was 12 scared and confused he didn’t fuck me or anything jerked me off sucked my dick and made me suck his. It started when David, Jill’s son molested me by holding me down and jerking me off way b4 Scott. I can’t live knowing that’s been on my mind last 14 years. Too embarrassed to tell you and didn’t want to imagine that

Sorry I had a horrible hidden life your just finding out now. Make my funeral good, nice suit haircut.

All I have to say is life sucks, love you, please let what I said and get Scott, Aaron, David for molesting me.

These are the final words of Greg Horowitz, a pained 26 year old who took his own life with a chrome revolver in July of 2008. The Horowitz family has lived with the horrible truths exposed by Greg’s tragic death, but none more shocking and painful than the allegations that Greg Horowitz was sexually molested by a 27 year old named Scott Galvin, when he was just a 12 year old boy.

By the way, Scott Galvin is asking for your vote in the May 10th re-election for North Miami City Councilman, District 1.

Councilman Scott GalvinÂ

To this day, no charges have been brought on Galvin, nor upon any of the others mentioned in the suicide letter. You can read the original handwritten letter below.

Greg’s Letter, Page 1

Greg's Letter, Page 2

North Miami detectives allegedly re-opened the molestation case last week in light of new developments, but is this just shady pre-election tactics or did somebody finally wake up and smell the bullcrap?

The investigation was only closed because North Miami Police knew Greg’s letter would be insufficient evidence to combat Galvin’s vehement denials. Galvin claims he can’t recall meeting Greg as a boy, and instead claims he was a jilted lover from an adult relationship. Did the Police expect them to just admit they raped or molested someone 17 years ago? Hell no. But why would someone put false, random allegations in a suicide letter?

As we’re all painfully aware, Greg said all there was to say in his letter, and is no longer here to tell his side of the story. So for the North Miami Police, it was case closed.

For Jeff Horowitz, Greg’s only brother, the case never closed.

Refusing the lame explanations the North Miami Police so easily accepted, Jeff is conducting his own investigation into the startling revelations from his brother’s final statement to the world.

“Unfortunately my brother made it apparent in his note that I let him down in some ways,” Jeff explains. “But he also made it obvious that he wanted us to ‘get’ the people who did these things to him; things that led him to do what he did.

“Greg made one last request. I won’t let him down.”

With the help of a private investigator, Horowitz uncovered obvious inefficiencies in the police investigation, and gaping inconsistencies in Galvin’s alibi and explanations. All this has convinced him that Scott Galvin molested his baby brother, destroyed his life, and is now lying to avoid destroying his own life. This is exactly what Jeff intends to expose.

Greg and Carolyn Horowitz enjoying Greg's college graduation

Jeff has always been suspicious. On the night Greg died, North Miami Police took the suicide letter as evidence and gave a redacted copy back to the Horowitz family days later. According to Jeff, about two-thirds of the letter was crossed out because of the criminal implications mentioned inside.

“Think about this for a second. The contents of the letter were Greg’s final statement to the world, to his family. We’re looking for answers and they gave us thick, black bars. What were they covering up? Who were they covering for?”

North Miami Police finally gave the un-redacted letter to Greg’s mother 8 months later, only after they closed their investigation. Carolyn Horowitz couldn’t grasp that her son’s final confession was insufficient proof, so naturally she assumed Scott Galvin was somehow abusing his power as City Councilman to cover up an old crime. She felt trapped, so she kept the secrets of the letter from her one remaining son, Jeff, hoping he’d never discover the “hidden life” his brother killed himself to escape from.

Over two long years later, Jeff saw his brother’s name in the Miami Herald, and old wounds were ripped open. The Herald Article explained that the North Miami City Council was made aware of the Horowitz suicide police report, the one with Galvin’s name in the starring role. Galvin dismissed the move as a dirty political tactic by Hiram Quinones, his opponent in the upcoming May 10th election for the City Council. Of course, the Horowitz family was never contacted for the story, and the Herald ran a follow up hack-job of a story that seemed to have the intention of discrediting Greg as a vindictive, homosexual druggie.

Jeff was crushed. This was the first he heard about the details of his brother’s accusations, and now he was reading in the newspaper that his brother had a secret life. To top it all off, Galvin was sullying his brother’s name by calling him a vindictive liar.

“My brother wasn’t an imaginative person; he was never malicious, and other than keeping this all from me, he never lied.” Jeff has a hard time imagining his brother as a homosexual because Greg always had girlfriends, but he acknowledges that some of the evidence points to a lot of contact between Galvin and Greg as adults. “Who am I supposed to believe: my brother or the man who took a vulnerable kid and made him perform oral sex when he was only 12? I think I trust my brother.”

Galvin hopes you won't dig too far into his past

Jeff knows for a fact that Galvin is lying through his teeth about not remembering Greg from his childhood. Jeff vividly remembers opening the door and letting Scott Galvin into his home 17 years ago. His mother was out of town, and the 27 year old Galvin was a guest of Aaron Miller, who was there to look after his brother. Jeff remembers thinking it was creepy for a 27 year old to ‘tag along and babysit’ but he was a friend of Aaron’s, who was ‘practically family’. Jeff trusted Aaron to look after his brother’s safety, and he’ll carry that guilt with him forever.

North Miami police flew up to Boston to question Miller, but he denied all allegations. According to the police report, the one “promising” fact to come out of that interrogation was that Aaron confirmed he introduced Scott Galvin to the Horowitz family as a potential babysitter.

“Why would Galvin lie?” Jeff wonders. “And why were the lies and inconsistencies not enough to arrest him?” Jeff thinks he knows. “Maybe because Galvin was their boss?”

Jeff’s theory could explain why Detectives even accepted Galvin’s “alibi” in the first place. Who cares if Greg and Scott did have an adult relationship? Greg accused him of crimes from his childhood; crimes that haunted him for the next 14 years. Whatever happened when they were consenting adults doesn’t matter. The issue at hand is what happened when Greg was just a boy, incapable of legal consent.

Plus, what Galvin offers as an explanation “that he broke Greg’s heart which led to these vengeful lies in the suicide letter to get back at him” makes no sense when you look at the rest of the suicide letter. Greg painfully tells friends and family exactly how they hurt him. He even accuses two other people, one an ex-girlfriend, of “breaking his heart”. Why would Galvin’s breaking of his heart be treated any differently?

Letters like Greg’s are a final confession, a “dying declaration” to rationalize their thoughts to the world. People don’t usually use these letters to foster lies, they unload their skeletons.

Yet police checked it off their list and called it a day.

The police report specifies they looked at Galvin’s phone, and saw messages that led them to believe Galvin’s version. Why didn’t they record the texts from Greg if they proved a relationship? More importantly, suicide is a crime, so why wasn’t Galvin’s phone taken into evidence? How did they drop the ball?

Even still, the talk about an adult relationship is just a distraction from what happened when Greg was just a twelve-year old boy.

One never suspects the smiling wolf

Jeff dug further, and figured he could re-create the last few days of his brother’s life by requesting Greg’s cellphone records. He was startled to see numerous texts exchanged between his brother and Galvin over months. To find the truth, Jeff had to come to grips with what he was seeing.

“At first it took me a bit to comprehend, but Greg said Galvin threatened to hurt him if he ever ratted him out. It doesn’t take a psychologist to see that someone in Galvin’s shoes would have some sort of Svengali-like power over my brother. It’s common in abuse victims. It’s fucked up.”

Jeff tried to view the actual text messages from his brother’s iPhone, so he took it to a forensic expert to retrieve data that had been erased, either by Greg or someone else after the fact. Mysteriously, all the data from the day before he killed himself was irretrievable. The forensic expert explained this type of thing doesn’t happen often. Jeff could barely stomach the “coincidence” that a 116 character text message sent by Greg to Galvin the day before he took his life (and partially blamed it on the man in question)–was irretrievable.

A great deal of what Jeff found is just circumstantial, and likely wouldn’t hold up in a court of criminal law, “beyond a reasonable doubt.” But taken into account along with Greg’s confession, the picture becomes clearer to anyone using any objective standard. Once someone accepts the fact that people don’t usually lie in suicide notes, it’s hard to look the other way. But that’s exactly what happened.

Greg's Bar Mitzvah. Still a boy, but already forced into adulthood from the horrible acts of predators

Jeff recalls a conversation he once had with his brother as teenagers. “It started when Greg asked me, ‘You want to know what a creep Scott Galvin is? He told me he was trisexual. He would try anything sexual.’ I actually thought that was funny and used it for a while. But who actually says this type of thing to a kid? How did I miss this?”

Jeff isn’t the only one who missed this. Investigators overlooked all the obvious, glaring inconsistencies. Fortunately the investigation into Scott Galvin was re-opened yesterday, so hopefully more information will come to light soon.

COULD THERE BE OTHER VICTIMS?

“I hope that no one else ever had to feel this pain, but if they did, I hope they’ll have the strength to finally speak up now.”

It’s a distinct possibility as Scott Galvin –he of 27-year old baby sitter fame — always made himself a fixture around North Miami children. He taught at North Miami Middle School from 1991 (until his abrupt departure three months into the Fall 1993 semester) and later taught at Miami Country Day School from 2001-2006. Since 2006 he’s been with Junior Achievement of Greater Miami, working with teenagers and overseeing all junior education programs in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

Scott Galvin and your kids

If what Greg alleges is true, is this a man you trust around your children?

Even if it was 17 years ago, is Scott Galvin a man who should be representing the City of North Miami?

If you live in North Miami, Scott Galvin wants your vote on May 10th. Are you going to give it to him?

Galvin bragged to the Miami Herald, “Anyone who’s following the issues in North Miami would question the validity and the timing of this. It came out of nowhere and I’m sure it will fade back into nowhere once the elections are over.”

I can assure you that won’t be the case Mr. Galvin.

Jeff won’t let his brother down.

***editor’s note: The author is close with the Horowitz family, and Jeff Horowitz is a regular contributer to The Ryno’s Horn. This article is not for political purposes, but only to fulfill Gregory Horowitz’s last request to make sure his side of the story was told.

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Greg’s Letter, Page 1

Greg's Letter, Page 2


2 Comments

  1. I can’t help but wonder how you could post such an inflammatory post with absolutely no evidence against Scott other than this suicide note. There is a reason why the police did not find any evidence. It is because Scott did not do anything wrong. That is the reason why the state attorney never even filed charges.

    • Honestly, don’t manipulate the facts. The police had the evidence, but could not press charges with the main witness dead. Remember how he committed suicide because this guy molested him?

      Galvin could smile and walk away, because a jury cant convict beyond a reasonable doubt based on a suicide note.

      Fortunately you can still get a conviction in the Court of Public Opinion.

      Guilty.