State Investigators Say Maple Lake Recovery Center Employee Abused 3 Residents
A recent report by state investigators has determined that an employee of the Maple Lake Recovery Center in Wright County sexually abused three teen boys at the facility. The employee’s name was not mentioned in the report.
Investigators say that the employee engaged in sexual contact with three boys between ages 14 and 17. These incidents all are said to have occurred on the same day in early March, not long after the employee began working at the residential drug treatment center. She is also accused of exchanging personal contact information on social media.
The accused former employee resigned after being confronted about the allegations. She has been barred from having additional contact with people receiving social services via state-licensed programs.
Investigators interviewed 13 residents, family members, and staff members.
Maple Lake Recovery Center conducted an internal review and concluded that their policies and procedures were sufficient, but were not followed by the accused employee.
Previous Abuse at Maple Lake Recovery Center
This is the second time in three years that state investigators have uncovered evidence of sexual abuse at the Maple Lake Recovery Center. In 2016, investigators determined that a staff member engaged in oral sex with two 17-year-old residents and gave them cigarettes. The victims both had several disorders, including autism, anxiety, and chemical dependency.
Legal Recourse for Victims of Sexual Abuse in Drug Treatment Facilities
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Here is some general information from Brian on the legal rights of those who have survived abuse in drug treatment facilities:
Drug addiction is a disease and those who suffer from it deserve a chance to recover and begin a new life. Residential treatment centers are available to provide a chance at a new life. But sadly, sometimes jobs in this field are sought out by sexual predators who use their positions of authority to abuse residents. The victims of sexual abuse in drug treatment centers deserve justice for their suffering.
While law enforcement may handle the criminal investigation and prosecution of a sexual predator, victims may also take direct action by filing lawsuits in certain situations. In cases of sexual abuse at drug treatment centers, victims and their families may have grounds for lawsuits if the treatment center was negligent in a way that allowed the abuse to occur. For example, a drug treatment center may be considered negligent for hiring employees without running background checks first.
If you or a loved one has recently been sexually abused at a residential treatment center, you may be able to find justice through the legal system. You can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking with an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney.
Location of Maple Lake Recovery Center in Maple Lake, MN
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