Klayman Accused of Sexual Misconduct With His Own Kids

Klayman Accused of Sexual Misconduct With His Own Kids October 2, 2012

I’ve long known that Larry Klayman was a scumbag, but this story suggests something far worse than I ever imagined. In a legal battle with his ex-wife over custody and visitation of their kids, an Ohio judge apparently found credible evidence that he had inappropriate sexual contact with his children. You can read the ruling of the Ohio Court of Appeals from July here. Here are the relevant paragraphs, with case references removed:

{¶23} In his third assignment of error, Klayman argues that the magistrate’s finding that he engaged in inappropriate touching of his child was against the manifest weight of the evidence.

{¶24} A judgment supported by some competent, credible evidence will not be reversed by a reviewing court as against the manifest weight of the evidence. A reviewing court must not substitute its judgment for that of the trial court where there exists some competent and credible evidence supporting the judgment rendered by the trial court. Where the decision in a case turns upon credibility of testimony, and where there exists competent and credible evidence supporting the findings and conclusions of the trial court, deference to such findings and conclusions must be given by the reviewing court.

{¶25} The issues raised by Klayman involve credibility assessments made by the magistrate. Klayman challenges these findings. The magistrate heard evidence from the children’s pediatrician who reported allegations of sexual abuse to children services, and from a social worker at children services who found that sexual abuse was “indicated.” Although the social worker’s finding was later changed to “unsubstantiated” when Klayman appealed, the magistrate explained that the supervisor who changed the social worker’s finding did not testify. The magistrate pointed out that he was obligated to make his own independent analysis based upon the parties and the evidence before him. In doing so, the magistrate found on more than one occasion [Klayman] act[ed] in a grossly inappropriate manner with the children. His conduct may not have been sexual in the sense that he intended to or did derive any sexual pleasure from it or that he intended his children would. That, however, does not mean that he did not engage in those acts or that his behavior was proper.

{¶26} The magistrate further found it significant that although Klayman denied any allegations of sexual abuse, he never denied that he did not engage in inappropriate behavior with the children. The magistrate further found it notable that Klayman, “for all his breast beating about his innocence * * * [he] scrupulously avoided being questioned by anyone from [children services] or from the Sheriff’s Department about the allegations,” and that he refused to answer any questions, repeatedly invoking his Fifth Amendment rights, about whether he inappropriately touched the children. “Even more disturbing” to the magistrate was the fact that Klayman would not even answer the simple question regarding what he thought inappropriate touching was. The magistrate stated that he could draw an adverse inference from Klayman’s decision not to testify to these matters because it was a civil proceeding, not criminal.

{¶27} After reviewing the record, we find no abuse of discretion on the part of the trial court in overruling Klayman’s objections regarding the magistrate’s finding that Klayman inappropriately touched the children.

He was also found in contempt of court for failing to pay more than $74,000 in child support and was ordered to pay $325,000 in attorney’s fees to his ex-wife. This on top of the story last year when the Florida Bar Association reprimanded him for taking a $25,000 retainer from a client and then not doing any work for her. He was ordered to repay the client by a court, but filed a brief saying he was completely broke. And on top of the times other courts have sanctioned him for failing to comply with orders. No wonder he can only find clients like Bradlee Dean and the Worldnutdaily.


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