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Harborcreek Township, PA – An employee of Harborcreek Youth Services (5712 Iroquois Ave, Harborcreek, PA 16421) is facing a felony sexual assault charge after Pennsylvania State Police accused him of having inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile at the facility last week. The accused, 28-year-old Erie resident Shaquon M. Thrower, was charged with third-degree felony counts of institutional sexual assault of a minor and corruption of minors, as well as misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and corruption of minors.

PA Mental Health Services Employee Charged with Institutional Sexual Assault of a Minor

State police took action on Friday and brought charges against Shaquon M. Thrower. Lawrence Park Township District Judge Lisa Ferrick arraigned Thrower on the charges late Friday afternoon and set bond at $35,000. After posting bail, Thrower is currently free. Court records indicate that he is tentatively scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on January 18.

Minor Allegedly Sexually Assaulted at Harborcreek Youth Services

According to a news release issued by state police in Lawrence Park Township, the incident occurred on the evening of January 3. Thrower and the juvenile were reportedly sitting on a couch in a TV room at Harborcreek Youth Services, located at 5712 Iroquois Ave. in Harborcreek Township. State police accuse Thrower of engaging in inappropriate sexual contact with the boy during that time.

In a surprising turn of events, Shaquon M. Thrower turned himself in to face the charges on Friday afternoon. It remains unclear what prompted his decision to surrender to the authorities.

Legal Proceedings and Future Court Appearance for Accused Child Sex Abuser, Thrower

With the charges filed and the preliminary hearing scheduled, the legal process will now unfold. The upcoming court appearance will shed more light on the specifics of the case and determine the next steps regarding Shaquon M. Thrower’s legal status.

Harborcreek Youth Services’ Response to Sexual Assault Allegations

Harborcreek Youth Services, a facility that provides services to at-risk youth, has not issued an official statement regarding the incident or the arrest of their employee. It is expected that the organization will cooperate fully with the investigation and take appropriate action based on the outcome of the legal proceedings.

News of the charges against Shaquon M. Thrower has raised concerns among the local community. Parents and residents are expressing their shock and seeking reassurance about the safety and well-being of the juveniles under the care of Harborcreek Youth Services. The community is hopeful that the legal system will handle the case diligently and ensure justice for the alleged victim.

Child Sexual Abuse Attorney Weighs in on Civil Cases for Victims of Sexual Abuse at Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities

In response to the recent news surrounding a case of child sexual assault at Harborcreek Youth Services, we had the opportunity to sit down with Attorney Brian Kent, Esq., an experienced PA sexual abuse lawyer. Brian went over the legal options available to victims of sexual abuse at psychiatric residential treatment facilities, discussing the potential for civil cases against liable parties. With his knowledge and insights, we aim to provide victims with valuable information and guidance in seeking justice and healing.

Laurence Banville, Esq. (LB): Brian, thank you for joining us today.

Brian Kent, Esq. (BK): Thank you for having me. It’s essential to address the legal avenues for victims in such distressing cases.

LB: Absolutely. Victims of sexual abuse often face immense challenges in seeking justice and healing. Could you provide some information about what victims abused at psychiatric residential treatment facilities can do to seek justice?

BK: Certainly. Victims of sexual abuse at psychiatric residential treatment facilities may have grounds to file civil lawsuits against various liable parties. These can include the facility itself, staff members, supervisors, and even third-party contractors if they were involved. It’s crucial for victims to consult with an attorney experienced in handling sexual abuse cases to assess the viability of their claims.

LB: What are some key factors that determine liability in civil cases involving sexual abuse at these facilities?

BK: Liability can vary depending on the specific circumstances of each case. However, some common factors that may establish liability include negligent hiring and supervision practices by the facility, failure to adequately train or run a background check on employees, lack of proper security measures, and a failure to respond appropriately to reports or complaints of abuse. These factors can contribute to the facility’s responsibility for the actions of its employees.

LB: Are there any specific laws or regulations that victims can rely on in pursuing these civil cases?

BK: Absolutely. Laws and regulations differ by jurisdiction, but victims may have legal recourse based on state laws governing negligence, premises liability, and even laws specifically addressing child abuse or sexual assault. Additionally, some states have extended or eliminated statutes of limitations for child sexual abuse cases, allowing victims to pursue legal action even years after the abuse occurred. It’s crucial to consult an attorney familiar with the laws of the particular jurisdiction where the abuse took place.

LB: What direction do you have for victims who may be considering filing a civil case against a psychiatric residential treatment facility?

BK: First and foremost, I would encourage victims to prioritize their physical and emotional well-being. Seeking professional help from therapists or counselors who specialize in trauma and abuse is vital. Secondly, it’s important to consult with an experienced attorney who can guide them through the legal process and advocate for their rights. These cases can be complex, and having a knowledgeable legal professional by their side can make a significant difference.

LB: Thank you again for taking the time to discuss this important topic and providing guidance to victims seeking justice.

BK: My pleasure. It’s crucial to raise awareness about victims’ rights and legal options in cases of sexual abuse, especially in youth residential treatment facilities. Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the conversation.

Child Abuse Victims Can Start Journey to Justice Today – Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual abuse at a psychiatric residential treatment facility, we are here to help. Our team of experienced attorneys understands the challenges you may be facing and is dedicated to fighting for your rights and seeking justice on your behalf. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation, where we will listen to your story, provide guidance on your legal options, and support you throughout the process. Remember, you are not alone – reach out to us and take the first step towards reclaiming your power and healing.

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