Ex-Employee of Lincoln Regional Center Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Protected Person
A former employee at the Lincoln Regional Center was arrested on Monday, July 8 and charged with sexual abuse of a protected person for allegedly having sexual contact with an inmate at the facility.
37-year-old Chalice Closen worked as a security specialist at Lincoln Regional Center, a state-run psychiatric facility. She is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with an inmate in early 2018.
The alleged victim was being treated at the facility.
Court records say that Closen’s supervisor spoke with her concerning an “unusual amount of one-on-one time” between her and the inmate and told her to keep boundaries in mind.
Investigators determined that there was enough evidence that a sexual relationship occurred to issue an arrest warrant.
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Legal Recourse For Victims of Sexual Abuse in Psychiatric Facilities
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. Brian has offered to share a few general thoughts regarding the legal rights of psychiatric facility abuse victims and their families:
The patients at psychiatric facilities deserve a certain standard of safety during their treatment. These facilities have a legal duty to make sure their patients are reasonably protected from the threat of physical and sexual abuse by staff members, other residents, visitors, and intruders. When a patient is sexually abused because of a failure to meet this legal duty, the facility can potentially be held liable.
For example, a psychiatric might be held liable for an employee sexually abusing a resident if the facility allowed the resident to spend an excessive amount of alone time with the resident. Another example would be hiring an employee without first conducting a background check.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused in a psychiatric facility, your family may have grounds for a lawsuit. You can learn more about your legal options by speaking with an experienced sex abuse victims attorney.
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