Attorney Commentary: See the second section of this article for legal commentary on the legal rights of sex abuse victims from experienced sex abuse lawyer Marc Lenahan.
An employee at the Everyday Life Ranch in Bryan, Texas was arrested on May 6, 2020, for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile resident.
Everyday Life Ranch is an inpatient therapy ranch for youth.
According to College Station police, 46-year-old employee Sander Warren rented a motel room and met a juvenile resident there in November.
Security footage showed the juvenile checking into the motel, said police. The resident was under 17 years old and went missing from the ranch the same day.
Police say that Warren admitting to meeting the resident at the hotel and having sexual relations. She has been charged with sexual assault of a child.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan is an experienced sex abuse victims lawyer who previously served as a sex crimes prosecutor. We've asked Marc to share some information on the legal rights of inpatient treatment center sex abuse victims:
Youth treatment centers serve a noble cause of helping troubled youth right their paths for a brighter future. The owners of these facilities have a legal duty to make sure that the youth under their watch are safe from preventable dangers, including sexual abuse.
When a youth treatment center resident is sexually abused by an employee, both the employee and the facility should be investigated. It's important to determine if the facility was negligent in a way that enabled the abuse - such as ignoring previous complaints of inappropriate behavior by the employee. In cases of negligence, victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a treatment center employee, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victim lawyers.