By Jordan Melnick | May 6th, 2011 | 5 Comments
Police have reopened a child-molestation case involving Scott Galvin, who is seeking his fourth term on the North Miami City Council.
Three years after Gregory Horowitz killed himself in a motel room, leaving behind a suicide note that accused North Miami councilman Scott Galvin of molesting him as a child, the North Miami Police Department has reopened its investigation of the suicide and the molestation allegation.
North Miami police spokesman Maj. Neal Cuevas confirmed to Beached Miami that the department has reopened the two “companion cases”, but Cuevas declined to say what prompted the decision. The news comes as North Miami residents are getting ready to decide whether to re-elect Galvin to a fourth term on May 10. [Update: Galvin easily won reelection, and North Miami police dropped their investigation..]
Back in late March, I recapped the Horowitz case after the Herald reported on an incident in which a North Miami resident confronted Galvin with the molestation charge at a March 22 city council meeting.
In 2008, Horowitz, 26 years old, shot himself with a chrome revolver in a North Miami motel called the White House Inn. Police found cocaine, oxycodone, morphine, and other drugs in his system. In a suicide note, Horowitz accused Galvin and two other men of molesting him when he was 12 years old. At the time, Galvin, who is openly gay, admitted to having had a relationship with Horowitz when both men were adults, but denied the accusation in Horowitz’s suicide letter. North Miami police ultimately found no evidence to substantiate the molestation allegation and closed the case on Nov. 19, 2008. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office also declined to prosecute because of a lack of evidence.
It remains unclear why North Miami police decided to reopen both cases three years later.
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By Jordan Melnick | March 27th, 2011 | 1 Comment
Scott Galvin (in the suit) at City Hall.
Saturday’s Herald story “North Miami councilman said sex abuse allegations ‘shameless politics'” takes the reader to the heart of darkness. A recap: In 2008, a 26-year-old named Gregory Horowitz killed himself with a chrome revolver inside the White House Inn, a North Miami motel. Police found cocaine, oxycodone, morphine, and other drugs in his system, according to the Herald. In a suicide note, Horowitz accused openly gay councilman Scott Galvin and two other men of molesting him when he was 12 years old. Galvin admitted to having had a relationship with Horowitz when both men were adults, but denied the accusation in Horowitz’s suicide letter. North Miami police ultimately found no evidence to substantiate the allegation, and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office also declined to prosecute because of a lack of evidence, according to the Herald.
The story is back in the news after North Miami resident Jane Del Rosario alluded to “secret files” that Galvin had assaulted a 10-year-old boy at a city council meeting on Tuesday. “There must be something that’s being hidden,” said Rosario, imploring council members to investigate.
Galvin called Rosario’s claims false and accused her of doing the bidding of Edwin Hiram Quiñones, Galvin’s only opponent in the May 10 city election. “This is an assignation on my character,” Galvin said. “It’s all politically motivated.”
(Assignation means a secret rendezvous, especially between lovers. Galvin probably meant to say “an assassination on my character”. However understandable, the misusage may bring Freud back from the dead.)
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