Healthcare Worker James Dumas Accused of Sexually Abusing Intellectually Disabled Woman
A healthcare worker for the nonprofit organization Opportunity Works has been accused of sexually abusing an intellectually disabled woman at the facility. 62-year-old James “Wily” Dumas is charged with one count of fourth-degree sexual assault.
Dumas is accused of having a three-year sexually abusing relationship with the woman, who was receiving add from the program that helps the intellectually disabled.
Staff from Opportunity Works called police on October 24 to report a suspected inappropriate relationship between another staff member and a 28-year-old female client with an IQ of 69.
One staff member said he saw Dumas send explicit messages to the woman and that he told the woman he loved her.
The woman had confided to two staff members before police were called, saying that she wanted to “just get this off my chest,” but did not want Dumas to get into trouble.
A responding officer spoke with employees, who told them that they had read the client’s text messages with her permission and discovered several sexually explicit conversations between her and Dumas.
Workers questioned the woman, who told them that they had been texting since 2016 and that Dumas had sexually touched her many times in the facility’s woodshop.
Dumas had been disciplined by Opportunity Works three times before this alleged abuse was reported. In June of 2018, he was disciplined for making sexually explicit comments and hugging the woman who reported the alleged abuse.
The woman had a forensic interview at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, during which she said that Dumas was pressuring her to perform sexual acts for several months. He also allegedly threatened to replace her with another Opportunity Works client when she resisted his advances.
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Legal Options For Intellectually Disabled Sex Abuse Victims and Their Families
After spending several years working as a sex crimes prosecutor, Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com now serves sex abuse victims as a civil attorney. We’ve asked Brian to share some information on the legal rights of vulnerable adults who have been sexually abused in programs for the intellectually disabled:
Sexual predators often target the most vulnerable people in our communities – including the elderly, children, and adults with intellectual disabilities. Programs that work with these groups must be aware of this sad reality and do everything they can to protect the vulnerable people under their watch from these predators.
When an intellectually disabled adult is sexually abused by an employee in a program meant to help these individuals, it’s important to ask if the program did everything they could to prevent the abuse. In some cases, this type of abuse only happens due to negligence by the organization.
For example, if there had been prior incidents of inappropriate conduct by the employee but the employee was permitted to continue working there, the program could potentially be considered negligent.
In cases of negligence, the victim and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit against the organization.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused in a program for the intellectually disabled, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our veteran sex abuse victims lawyers.
Location of Opportunity Works in Vernon, CT
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