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Harborcreek, PA - Harborcreek Youth Services Worker, Shaquon M. Thrower, Accused of Inappropriate Sexual Contact with Boy at the Facility

Harborcreek, PA - Harborcreek Youth Services Worker, Shaquon M. Thrower, Accused of Inappropriate Sexual Contact with Boy
Published: February 22, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on February 22, 2024

Harborcreek Youth Services Worker Arrested for Child Sex Abuse in PA

Erie Times-News reported that an employee of Harborcreek Youth Services located at 5712 Iroquois Ave, Harborcreek, PA 16421, has been arrested and charged with felony sexual assault after allegedly engaging in inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile at the facility. The incident took place on January 3, 2024, according to investigators.

Pennsylvania State Police have identified the accused employee as 28-year-old Erie resident Shaquon M. Thrower. He now faces third-degree felony charges of institutional sexual assault of a minor and corruption of minors, along with misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and corruption of minors.

Thrower was arraigned before Lawrence Park Township District Judge Lisa Ferrick, who set his bond at $35,000. After posting bail, Thrower has been released and was expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on January 18, as per court records.

According to a news release issued by state police in Lawrence Park Township, the alleged incident occurred on the evening of January 3, 2023. Thrower and the boy were reportedly sitting on a couch in a TV room at Harborcreek Youth Services when the inappropriate sexual contact took place.

State police confirmed that Thrower turned himself in to authorities on Friday afternoon after the charges were filed against him. The arrest has sent shockwaves through the community and raised concerns about the safety and security of young individuals in residential care facilities.

Harborcreek Youth Services claims to be a renowned organization dedicated to providing care and support to troubled youth. The facility offers various programs and services aimed at rehabilitation and personal development. However, this incident has cast a dark shadow over its reputation.

Authorities are urging anyone with additional information or potential victims to come forward and assist in the investigation. The case serves as a reminder of the ongoing need to protect vulnerable individuals and maintain a safe environment in such institutions.

The court proceedings will shed further light on the allegations against Thrower, and the community awaits justice for the victim, hoping that incidents like these can be prevented in the future.

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Legal Options for Victims of Sexual Abuse at Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities

In light of the circumstances involving a minor being sexually abused by an employee, we sat down with child sex abuse attorney Brian Kent, Esq., to explain the legal options available to victims of sexual abuse at psychiatric residential treatment facilities. Focusing on pursuing civil cases against those responsible, Kent provided information about the legal process, potential outcomes, and the crucial role of specialized legal representation.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Thank you for joining us, Mr. Kent.

Brian Kent, Esq. (BK): Thank you for having me, Darla. This is an important topic, and I'm glad to discuss the legal options available for victims.

DM: Could you provide some insight into the general process of initiating a civil case for victims of sexual abuse at these facilities?

BK: Certainly, Darla. When a victim of sexual abuse at a psychiatric residential treatment facility decides to pursue a civil case, they have the opportunity to seek justice and hold the responsible parties accountable. The first step is to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in sexual abuse cases. They will guide the victim through the legal process, which typically involves filing a lawsuit against the liable parties, such as the facility, staff members involved, and potentially others who may be deemed responsible.

DM: That's crucial information. Could you explain the basis on which victims can hold these entities accountable in a civil case?

BK: Of course. In civil cases for sexual abuse, victims can often pursue claims based on several legal theories, including negligence, premises liability, and possibly even intentional misconduct. The facility has a duty to provide a safe environment for its residents, and when that duty is breached, leading to harm and abuse, they can be held legally responsible. Additionally, staff members who directly participated in or failed to prevent the abuse can also be held accountable for their actions or inactions.

DM: I feel this information can be helpful for victims and families. What potential outcomes can they expect from pursuing a civil case against these liable parties?

BK: Victims who pursue civil cases may be entitled to various forms of compensation, including monetary damages. These damages can cover a range of losses, such as medical expenses, therapy costs, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and even punitive damages in cases of egregious misconduct. Additionally, holding the responsible parties accountable through legal action can provide a sense of closure and validation for the victims and help prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

DM: Thank you for clarifying that. Lastly, what other guidance can you give for victims in the aftermath of sexual abuse at a psychiatric residential treatment facility?

BK: My advice would be to reach out to a skilled attorney who specializes in sexual abuse cases. These cases can be complex and emotionally challenging, so having a compassionate and knowledgeable advocate by your side is essential. The attorney can help navigate the legal process, provide support, and fight for the victim's rights. It's also important for victims to remember that they are not alone, and there are resources available to help them heal and seek justice.

DM: You have provided valuable perspectives. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. This information will undoubtedly be helpful to victims who may be seeking guidance.

BK: It was my pleasure, Darla. Thank you for raising awareness about this important issue and providing a platform to discuss the legal options available to victims of sexual abuse at psychiatric residential treatment facilities.


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