A student at Restoration Church and School Inc. in Palm Bay filed a police report alleging that the school’s principal, Samuel Vidal, molested her in his office.
A parent at Restoration school writes a complaint to the Florida Department of Education saying that she withdrew her children from the school after she learned of the allegation.
In response to the parent complaint, the education department sends a letter to Vidal at Restoration school and asks for copies of background checks of employees, arrest records, and teacher qualifications.
Documents are filed for a new Christian school in Palm Bay called Overcomers Ministry Inc. with Florida’s Division of Corporations. Alicia Fox-Vidal is listed as president and Samuel Vidal is listed as vice president.
Overcomers is approved by the education department to receive scholarships.
The education department issues a final order revoking scholarship eligibility from Restoration, which had already closed.
Palm Bay police arrested Samuel Vidal after DNA evidence show a match between him and DNA collected from the victim’s skin.
The state department of education suspends Overcomers Ministry Inc. from the scholarship programs. The letter states, “The Department has reason to believe that Restoration and Overcomers are the same school.”
A new church and school in Melbourne called Yakol Christian Inc. is filed with the Florida Division of Corporations. Vidal’s brother-in-law is listed as a director.
The education department approves Yakol to begin receiving scholarships.
Sentinel reporters visit the school and Alicia Fox-Vidal says she and her husband are only involved in the church and not the school. By later in August the school had at least 11 students on the Florida Tax Credit scholarship, worth at least $70,000 to the school.