Hope Center Indy under investigation after two former patients claimed they were sexually abused and filed police reports. Pictured is Hope Center Indy’s facility.
Hope Center Indy Faces Sexual Abuse Allegations by Former Patients
According to IndyStar, Hope Center Indy, a faith-based residential program from human trafficking survivors, is under investigation following sexual abuse claims. The center was founded to be “a safe place to heal and a clear path to community reintegration as empowered individuals,” according to their website.
The first police report was filed around nine months ago. The woman told police she was sexually assaulted multiple times in 2019 at Hope Center Indy between September 1st and November 20th. Following the warrant, Central Indiana social services workers and advocates were warned not to refer patients to Hope Center Indy. Another former patient filed a police report, increasing the allegations. This victim claims Hubert Nolen, co-founder, and executive director, was the perpetrator.
The center’s attorney stated investigators attempted to look over security footage, but Hope Center indy records on a loop, overriding older video. Therefore, they would not find any surveillance of the time period in which the allegations occurred.
Nolen denies all allegations. He stated, “there’s no truth to the accusations whatsoever,” IndyStar reported. He claims the investigators “have nothing.” He also emphasized his frustration for not being contacted since May 12th after being served the search warrant. Nolen claims he was unaware of the allegations before this warrant.