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Long Beach Music Teacher Exposed Himself to Multiple Victims – Child Sex Abuse Lawyers


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Breaking News: The Long Beach Police Department has arrested a music instructor suspected of exposing himself to a female minor on multiple occasions and to two women in previous and separate incidents. Reportedly, the minor told authorities of the indecent exposure that occurred in February and March 2022. This resulted in an investigation by Child and Elder Abuse detectives which resulted in the 25-year-old suspect, Silas Topzand of Long Beach, to be identified. According to the authorities, Topzand was already wanted in connection to separate incidents of indecent exposure; more specifically, these incidents occurred in September 2021 and January 2022. The suspect was arrested in San Pedro on June 6, 2024. The authorities believe that there may be additional victims and are urging any possible vehicles to come forward.

Unfortunately, sexual misconduct at the hands of teachers and instructors is very common. These individuals take advantage of their positions to abuse victims. If you suffered abuse at the hands of this music instructor or any other instructor, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. You could have the right to file a lawsuit and recover compensation.

Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our legal team is fully committed to helping our clients fight for their rights and recover the payout that they are owed. Our sex abuse lawyers have decades of experience fighting for the rights of our clients. Contact us today to learn more about the legal options available to you.

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Understanding Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is an umbrella term that covers essentially any sort of unwanted sexual misconduct. When it comes to minors, all sexual contact is considered child sex abuse as minors can never consent to sexual contact. This can include the following:

  • Any unwanted touching, fondling, and groping
  • Unwanted/forced kissing
  • Rape and attempted rape
  • Sodomy
  • Oral sex
  • Forcing the victim to touch the attacker in any way
  • Exposing oneself to the victim
  • And more

Although exposing oneself to victims will not result in physical injuries, the sexual misconduct could result in significant mental and emotional harm. This can include post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, fear, panic, etc.

Can I File a Lawsuit for Sexual Abuse if Someone Exposed Themselves to Me?

Yes, if you were sexually abused, you could have the right to file a lawsuit. Of course, you could pursue criminal action against the attacker, but it is important to understand that you could pursue a civil lawsuit. You could actually pursue a civil lawsuit against the attackers’ employer. Your right to sue will be based on the concept of negligence, which could include negligent hiring, negligent training, negligent supervising, and more. If the music instructor worked for a school, the school and the school district could be liable and could be sued, for example. For more information about your right to file a lawsuit, contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible.

How Long Do I Have to File My Claim?

All claims are subject to a statute of limitations or a deadline to sue, which determines the total length of time that claimants have to pursue their claims. The answer to this question actually depends on the age of the victim at the time that the sexual misconduct occurred. Consider the following:

  • Under California law, victims that were underaged when the abuse occurred have until the age of forty to file their lawsuits. There is also a five-year discovery rule that allows victims five years after discovering the harm caused by the abuse to file their claims.
  • Similarly, California law states that adult victims of sexual abuse have ten years from the date of the abuse to file their claims. There is also a three-year discovery rule.

If you find yourself unsure of the total length of time that you have to pursue your child sex abuse claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Our legal team is more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to file your claim on time.

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Can I Recover Compensation?

Yes – if your lawsuit is successful, you could be entitled to recover compensation. Although every claim is different, victims of sex abuse and child sex abuse could be entitled to recover some of the following categories of compensation:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost earnings
  • Paina and suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • Treble damages
  • Legal fees

In general, sex abuse claims tend to be high value claims. However, specific case values are based on the facts surrounding these claims, which include the specific abuse suffered, resulting injuries, mental and emotional harm resulting from the abuse, and more. These cases can be worth anywhere from $200,000 to $3 million – and sometimes even more.

Here at our law firm, our legal team is fully committed to getting our clients the maximum recovery available for their sexual abuse claims. We are not afraid to take on any party or entity to fight for the rights of our clients.

Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today

Please, do not hesitate to reach out to our expert sex abuse lawyers here at our law firm. If you were abused in Long Beach or surrounding areas by a music teacher or any other instructor, you could have the right to sue. You could also be entitled to receive compensation. Here at our law firm, our team is fully committed to fighting for the rights of our clients and helping them get justice. If you are ready to speak with our sexual abuse experts here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, contact us today.


Free Case Evaluations: our team is committed to remaining as accessible as possible, so we offer free legal services. These include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our team will be available to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with all the information that you need to either start or continue your claim. Our experts can help you even if you have already started your claim elsewhere and are looking into switching representation.

Zero-Fee Guarantee: our firm offers a Zero-Fee Guarantee, meaning that our clients will not be required to pay any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. In addition, our team works on contingency, so our clients will actually not be required to pay anything if their claims are unsuccessful; if you do not win, you simply will not pay anything.

Contact us today to learn more about the legal options available to you.

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