Legal Info: Read on in the second section of this post for information from child sexual abuse lawyer Marc Lenahan on lawsuits for sexual abuse at behavioral health facilities.
A mental health worker for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health was arrested in December 2019 for allegedly sexually abusing four children who were clients at the facility in League City.
21-year-old Marquis Bloom has been charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child, two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, and two counts of indecency with a child involving sexual contact.
According to court documents, Bloom allegedly abused the first victim - a 16-year-old - multiple times beginning in August 2019. This victim told police that Bloom threatened her if she reported the abuse and told her he would get others to beat her up. She eventually told another employee of Devereux.
A 12-year-old girl also told investigators that Bloom sexually assaulted her at Devereux in September. Court records allege that Bloom inappropriately touched her several times.
The authorities believe that at least two other children were sexually abused by Bloom.
Sex abuse victim lawyer Marc Lenahan represents victims and their families in civil lawsuits against sexual predators and negligent third parties. Marc has offered to share some thoughts on the legal options available to those who have been sexually abused in mental health and behavioral health facilities:
People who work with vulnerable clients - such as children, the elderly, or the mentally ill - must be trustworthy. Sadly, these groups are at a much higher risk of becoming victims of sexual abuse. Sexual predators often seek out work with vulnerable groups and then exploit their positions of trust to commit terrible crimes.
When a behavioral health center employee is charged with sexually abusing clients, it's important to investigate both the employee and the facility itself. Sometimes, these cases of sexual abuse only happen due to negligence by facility management - such as failing to run background checks or ignoring previous complaints of inappropriate behavior or sexual misconduct by the employee. If negligence was a factor, the victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the facility.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused at a behavioral health facility, you can better understand your legal options in a free consultation with one of our dedicated sex abuse victim lawyers.