Scott “Spiderman” Mulholland Sr., a north central Florida businessman, was found liable for years of sexual abuse by a civil court jury. He has not been criminally charged.
An Alachua County jury awarded $4.6 million in damage claims Monday to the daughter of a businessman accused of sexually abusing her for more than a decade.
The jury’s verdict in the civil case found Scott “Spiderman” Mulholland Sr. responsible for committing battery or sexual battery against his daughter Rebekka Trahan, 31, from age 8 to 24 and subjecting her to child abuse, according to court documents. Mulholland is CEO of U.S. Building Consultants Inc., a company formerly based in Gainesville and now in Reddick.
In her final instructions to the jury, Circuit Judge Monica Brasington wrote that Trahan claimed Scott Mulholland Sr. abused her sexually from age 8 to 18, and both battered her and sexually battered her from age 18 to 24.
The jury also found Trahan’s mother, Tina Mulholland, was negligent in “failing to protect her from sexual abuse.”
The Mulhollands were not charged with any crime, said Trahan’s lawyer Michael Dolce of Palm Beach Gardens.
Trahan did not want to talk to a reporter about the verdict.
Dolce said Trahan reported Mulholland to authorities in Escambia and Alachua counties in 2014, two years before the civil case was filed, but prosecutors could not to move forward with the case.
Dolce said during the civil case, prosecutors showed evidence of Trahan’s medical expenses for mental health counseling and medicines, which led to the jury awarding her $643,000 to cover “lifelong” medical expenses. No physical evidence was presented in court, Dolce said.
In sexual abuse cases, Dolce said he doesn’t ask the jury for a specific amount in damages. He lets them decide, he said.
“All we ask is for the jury to consider the offense and ask them to come up with a number based on what they believe is appropriate,” Dolce said.
He said $4 million awarded in damages is a “reflection of the serious harm” Trahan experienced.
“Rebekka is grateful for (the jury’s) response, especially after she had every one of her immediate family members and a former pastor testify that she was lying,” he said. “She certainly feels vindicated. She wanted to expose her parents for what they did to her. She felt very affirmed by what the jury did.”