A Litchfield County school has been accused in a lawsuit of failing to prevent a female staff member from sexually abusing an emotionally disturbed 16-year-old boy. A loud noise over New Haven got people talking, but what was it?
The school was aware of the teen’s disabilities and need for strict supervision, the suit says. According to an arrest affidavit, staff members at the school for 10- to 18-year-olds became suspicious of an inappropriate relationship after discovering racy online interactions with on the victim’s Facebook page. 81 Sabbaday Lane Washington, Connecticut 06793, Phone 860-868-7377, Fax 860-868-7894 Northwestern Connecticut Community College, B.A. Michelle Carson, senior counsel for the Pennsylvania-based Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, which owns the school, declined to comment, only stating in an email they intend to “vigorously defend against” the allegations. The student and his family sought out Glenholme because he suffered from emotional disturbance and the school offered a therapeutic educational setting with 24-hour supervision, according to the lawsuit. When he was 15, the student met Larson, who was assigned to provide one-on-one supervision, and he exchanged numerous inappropriate computer messages with her using a school computer, the suit says. The program provides a treatment milieu designed to build competence socially and academically. Central Connecticut State University, R.N.
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The lawsuit alleges the school and the Devereux Foundation, which runs a national network of schools and treatment facilities including Glenholme, failed to take reasonable steps to supervise its staff and the student. Sexual assault victim sues Connecticut school, https://www.nhregister.com/connecticut/article/Sexual-assault-victim-sues-Connecticut-school-11371310.php.
The relationship was brought to the attention of the school’s principal and executive administrator, Judith Cooper, but Houck and Lovell denied the affair, and Cooper took no measures to prevent potential abuse, the suit claims. Attorney Paul Slager, who filed the lawsuit, said it is “an accurate summary of the sad events that led to this young man’s injuries.” Slager declined further comment. Director of Marketing and Community Outreach, B.A. University of Maryland, College Park, M.S.W.
Robert Messina-Toombs, then a 17-year-old student at Devereux Glenholme School in Washing Depot, was unhappy at school, so he planned to assault a staff member.
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