Washington settles sex abuse lawsuit for $3MMarch 15, 2013 @ 7:42 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington's Department of Social and Health Services says it has reached a $3 million settlement of a lawsuit brought by a young woman who was sexually abused by a staffer at a Lakewood mental health facility when she was a patient.
In a statement Friday, DSHS also said the agreement resolves the woman's claims against the superintendent of the Child Study and Treatment Center at the time of the abuse more than a decade ago.
The state says the lawsuit alleged that supervisors failed to properly monitor a staff member who had sex with the young woman when she was a patient from 2001-2003. Center administrators fired the male staffer when the abuse was disclosed. DSHS says he later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal charges.
Agency spokesman Thomas Shapley says DSHS "deeply regrets what happened to this young woman."
The agency's statement says supervision policies at the center have been strengthened in the past 10 years.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Niners Edge Seahawks
Late field goal lifts San Francisco past the Seahawks 19-17
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.