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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Life Skills Worker Rapes Disabled Girl

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Although the name of the residential facility is currently not being reported, it is believed that the facility was contracted by Dauphin County Children and Youth to care for children. Vazquez was allegedly the only employee at the facility at the time of the assault.

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David Vasquez Threatened To Kill The Girl If She Told Authorities

After Vazquez raped the child, he allegedly returned to her room to apologize for hurting her but then also threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the abuse.  A witness told investigators that they saw Vazquez going into the child’s room on multiple occasions overnight and that they would try to follow Vazquez into the child’s room to protect her.

Vazquez is charged with rape of a mentally disabled person, institutional sexual assault of a minor, sexual assault, indecent assault of a person with a mental disability, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children, and terroristic threats with the intent to terrorize another.  Several of these charges are felonies.

Mental Health Facilities Exist To Protect Their Residences

It is extremely troubling that these types of facilities that are intended to protect and care for children in need often become places for perpetrators to victimize those same children.  Certain policies and procedures must be in place in these facilities to ensure the safety of children.  Children who are sexually abused like the victim in this case may have the option to bring a civil case for the damages that ensue after the assault.

Andreozzi + Foote has handled many cases against institutions such as residential facilities for their part in failing to prevent sexual abuse of minors.  Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation if you or a loved one have experienced a similar situation.

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