Tyler John Brown Charged with Raping 2 Fellow Residents at Lake Whatcom Residential Treatment Center
One resident of Lake Whatcom Residential Treatment Center has been charged with raping two others. 33-year-old Tyler John Brown was arrested on January 19 and faces charges of second-degree rape and fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation.
Brown made his first court appearance on January 21 and his bail was set at $50,000. He is incarcerated at the Whatcom County Jail and has an arraignment scheduled for January 31.
Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the treatment center at 3400 Agate Heights Road on a report of a suspected rape involving two residents. A female resident told responding deputies that Brown kissed her without consent, pushed himself on her, and pinned her against a wall, according to police records.
Deputies also talked to a second female resident at a hospital, where she was undergoing a sexual assault examination. Court records say that this woman told deputies that Brown had raped her in his room at the facility.
Both of these women asked for court-ordered protection due to the fact that Brown and both of them were all residents at Lake Whatcom Residential Treatment Center.
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Legal Options For Victims of Sexual Assault and Psychiatric Facilities
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com represents sexual assault victims in civil lawsuits against sexual predators and negligent third parties. Brian has offered to add some commentary on the legal rights of residential treatment center residents who have been sexually assaulted at these facilities:
Psychiatric treatment facilities can provide valuable services for the mentally ill. These facilities have a legal duty to make sure their residents are safe from preventable harm, including sexual violence. When a psychiatric treatment facility resident is sexually assaulted, it’s important to ask if the facility did everything they could to prevent the assault.
Some sexual assaults are preventable and happen due to third-party negligence. For example, a residential treatment center could be considered negligent for a sexual assault between residents if there had been previous complaints of inappropriate behavior by the perpetrator but insufficient action was taken regarding those complaints. In cases of negligence, the facility could be held liable in a sexual assault lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted at a residential treatment facility, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our dedicated sexual assault victims lawyers.
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