More Witnesses Come Out Against Scott Galvin

Is anybody learning a lesson from all this?

 

***This article was originally posted back in May 2011. Unfortunately, it’s still an issue, which means The Ryno’s Horn will keep up the good fight…

 

After 3 long years, it seemed the Horowitz family would finally find some justice for their lost brother and son. In 2008, Greg Horowitz killed himself, and left a suicide letter that accused Councilman Scott Galvin of molesting him when he was 12 years old. Back in 2008, Galvin claimed that he couldn’t recall when he met Greg, but offered that he and Greg had a consensual adult relationship in recent years. With no way to verify Greg’s horrific account, the case was closed.

Recently North Miami detectives reopened the investigation into molestation charges against the North Miami Councilman after more witnesses came forward and proved Galvin “may not have been truthful” when originally questioned about his involvement with Horowitz.

Many questioned the timing of this new investigation, only days before the election for North Miami City Council. Some said it was a revenge plotted by North Miami police because Galvin was trying to root out police corruption. Others said it was shady politics engineered by his opponent, Hiram Quinones. Let us not forget the ridiculous It’s only because Galvin is Gay” crowd.

Unfortunately the Because He Did It crowd stayed mostly silent, and the screams for Justice were too little, too late.

Last week was a great week for Scott Galvin. He kept his Council seat for North Miami with a whopping 85% of the vote, and North Miami Police closed the new investigation into the molestation that eventually led to Greg’s suicide.

You’ll surely hear cries that the case was closed for lack of evidence, or that this proves the conspiracy theories of Galvin’s blind supporters.

That could not be further from the truth.

Galvin in a children’s library

The Ryno’s Horn has access to all of the police reports and memos, and there is plenty to prove that Galvin was dishonest with investigators. The collective testimony paints a disturbing picture of Scott Galvin as child predator who often hung out with 10 to 12 year olds, got them drunk and high and showed them porn.

Jeff Horowitz, Greg’s brother, was thrilled to hear that more have spoken out against Galvin, but is disturbed by their testimony. “On one hand I’m relieved because this proves Galvin lied–and continues to lie–about what happened with my brother. On the other hand, it’s scary that Galvin seems to be some lawless Peter Pan figure who ran around with young, impressionable kids…and he’s going to get off Scott-free.”

Closing the case had nothing to do with innocence. Florida statutes of limitations have expired on any possible charges of providing minors with drugs, alcohol or pornographic material. Further, the suicide note would not hold up beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal court because the author isn’t alive anymore to verify authenticity. So even with all this new evidence…Case Closed.

Fortunately, I don’t work for the State Attorney, and I am unaffiliated with Police. I’m an Advocate in the Court of Public Opinion, and now you’ll get to read the damning, eyebrow-raising testimony so you can arrive at your own verdict.

Last month childhood friends came across a Miami Herald article and were shocked to read Greg’s accusations against Scott Galvin, but even more shocked to learn Scott denied knowing Greg back in the 1990s. They knew this was untrue. They all hung out with Scott Galvin when they were that age. Most of them even recalled Greg telling them back then that Galvin “tried to touch [him]”.

As kids, they laughed this off. As adults, they wouldn’t do the same thing.

They took their stories to North Miami Police, and it was their statements that caused detectives to re-open the investigation.

Not revenge, not politics, not homophobia. It was the stories of these six brave friends that convinced detectives that Galvin “may not have been truthful”.

Scott Galvin: Man of Conviction

The first friend clearly remembered Scott Galvin as a “chaperon/babysitter” for Greg. He even recalled a specific occasion in 1994 when he, Greg, and some other friends were in Galvin’s car driving around and “egging” people. Afterwards Galvin invited the kids back to his house to hang out and party. He remembered Galvin made an “inappropriate joke” and tried to pinch his butt. They eventually left the house, but Greg stayed behind, and afterwards he remembered Greg said his babysitter/chaperone, Scott Galvin, “tried to touch him”.

The next witness shared more about that day of egging and partying back at Galvin’s. He remembered smoking weed and drinking alcohol back at Galvin’s house, and confirmed Greg said Galvin tried to touch him after everyone else left.

The third person remembered hanging out with Galvin when they were around 12 years old. Galvin was a counselor at his summer camp, and he remembered the time when Galvin drove them around while they threw eggs. He also remembered the party back at Galvin’s house and that Greg said Galvin tried to touch him.

A fourth witness was a 10 year old at the same summer camp where Galvin was a counselor. He remembered leaving camp one day with two friends. They were met by Galvin who “showed them pornography and talked to them about sex.”

The fifth friend remembered an occasion from one summer at the camp when he was in an attic loft with Galvin. He didn’t really remember the pornography, but did remember Galvin talking about sex. Several years later he was at Galvin’s house after that day of egging, and remembers drinking alcohol. He also remembered Greg said Galvin tried to touch him.

The sixth witness told Detectives that he spent a lot of time at Greg’s house, and saw Galvin there many times. Galvin used to drive them around, and he would drink alcohol and smoke weed almost every time he was in Galvin’s car.

Now to be clear, everything the witnesses say about any possible sexual molestation is just hearsay; Greg is no longer here to verify the statements. To make matters worse, too much time has passed to prosecute any crimes committed by providing drugs and alcohol to minors.

But just because its been too long to put him in jail, does that mean Galvin’s alleged child-predator behavior no longer matters?

Its worth noting that none of the witnesses heard Greg definitively say that he was forced to do anything sexually with Galvin, only that “he tried to touch him”.

But is it too far a stretch to think that on a later occasion, while drunk and high, that a 12 year old could be talked into doing something he wouldn’t normally do? Is it too far a stretch to think that this 12 year old wouldn’t tell his friends it happened after they laughed him off the first time?

In regards to remembering if he knew Greg as a boy, Galvin has lamely stated “I can’t go back and remember when I met somebody.”

Of course you can, Councilman. Greg wasn’t someone Galvin just met a few years back. Galvin could have admitted to babysitting and chaperoning Greg when he was a boy, there was never any way to prove anything illicit without Greg here to testify otherwise.

Why did you lie, Mr. Galvin?

If you close your eyes,  the allegations just go away

Even if you did have an adult relationship, is that a defense to your alleged overall behavior with pre-teen boys? Is it acceptable to feed drugs and alcohol to impressionable kids so early in life?

The Horowitz family is thankful these witnesses stepped forward to fill in the gaps for us, but Jeff is worried that this will all be ignored because “Galvin supporters will probably accuse them all of lying for political reasons.” Unfortunately, Horowitz might be right, and you might hear further accusations of gay-bashing and laughable suggestions that all of North Miami’s youth are conspiring with the Mayor and Police to unseat the one man fighting corrupt government officials.

Or just maybe it’s possible that North Miami will actually hear the witnesses’ words that paint a vivid picture of someone you DON’T WANT AROUND YOUR CHILDREN?

Now that the police have closed the investigation, and the state attorney is refusing to press charges, that means that Scott Galvin can only now be judged by the Court of Public Opinion.

There are at least two sides to every story, and the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Is this “middle” someplace you’re comfortable leaving your children?

If you’re fed up with no one taking action against Councilman Scott Galvin, and if you don’t want a person with this type of background governing or allowed near your children, then take a stand.

What can be done?

Share the information. Re-post, re-tweet, forward on, and use social media to make sure everyone knows the facts, and ensure that they aren’t clouded by misinformation and deflection. These are the keys to protecting South Florida’s youth, and the way to save other families from the pain that the Horowitzes feel. This is the way to save any more of your children from being forced down the tragic path that Scott Galvin forced Greg down.

Speak up, and make sure that people in power are asking the right questions. If you are worried about the youth of North Miami, then don’t let this die away.

For starters, you can contact:

The prosecution in the People vs. Councilman Scott Galvin will never rest.

What’s your verdict?

***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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5 Comments

  1. Are you telling me this perverted man still has a job teaching children?? I am shocked and appauled to read this news. I will never allow my children to be around this sick human being!

    • That’s why we all have to do something about it

  2. Whether you believe this is a classic example of a politician getting away with a ghastly crime, people who have gone through a terrible trauma looking for someone to pin their grief on or something in between, EDUCATE yourself. Listen to both sides and come to your own opinion. This is about whether or not you believe a public official molested a young child and whether or not that official should be representing you. Just because the police CANNOT prosecute does not mean you should just assume all is well and forget about this story. Find your truth and act on it if necessary. Because if you believe he was guilty, your support would mean a lot.

  3. If the State Attorney won’t prosecute or can’t prosecute because of a statute of limitations, the family should consider a civil lawsuit against Galvin. It would at least be good to get Galvin to testify under oath.

  4. this post should anyone print out and put on every train in town