Keystone Adolescent Center Employee Waives Preliminary Hearing
The Keystone Adolescent Center employee accused of sexual contact with an underage girl waived his preliminary hearing on Thursday. 25-year-old Samuel Julius Irby waived his right to the hearing when he appeared before Magisterial District Judge Samuel Pendolino yesterday morning. He has automatically been ordered held for trial.
Irby has been charged with felony counts of unlawful contact with a minor and institutional sexual assault of a minor, along with a misdemeanor count of corruption of minors. According to the arrest affidavit, the victim was a 17-year-old girl who was in placement at the Keystone Adolescent Center through Crawford County Children and Youth Services.
The West Mead Township Police Department has accused Irby of having sex with the victim in the back of Irby’s SUV on July 28, 2018. The affidavit states that Irby was aware that “he was not permitted to have any personal contact with residents of the Keystone Adolescent Center as per their rules and regulations.”
Irby is no longer employed by the Keystone Adolescent Center. He is free on $25,000 bond as he awaits trial.
Legal Recourse for Survivors of Institutional Sexual Assault
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual violence in civil court. Here are some thoughts from Brian on the legal rights available to those who have been sexually abused by authority figures:
In a large number of sexual abuse cases, the perpetrator is someone in a position of trust who has authority over their victims. This includes cases involving employees of group homes, treatment centers, and other settings that involve working with at-risk youth. When someone in a position of authority sexually abuses someone they’re supervising, it’s crucial to make sure that the abuser is prosecuted and that the organization is also held accountable if their negligence allowed the abuse to happen.
A youth organization might be considered negligent for the sexual abuse of someone under their care if they failed to run a background check before hiring an employee, had inadequate supervision standards, or improperly trained employees. These are just a few common examples. In cases which involve negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of institutional sexual assault, we understand the difficulties you face during this troubling time. If you’d like to learn more about your family’s legal options, consider contacting one of our experienced sexual assault survivors attorneys.
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