March 28, 2017 02:37 PM
An investigative report released by the Minnesota Department of Human Services alleges serious maltreatment of some clients at the Adult Training and Habilitation Center in Hutchinson.
The DHS report said a staff member inflicted emotional, physical and sexual abuse on five clients dating to January 2017.
The report said the alleged incidents took place in a recycling center where the suspect and victims worked. According to DHS, the victims each had some form of mental or physical disability -- or both. Investigators said the unnamed suspect also took "pornographic magazines and sex toys from the recycling line and taunted the clients with those items."
The staff member was fired by the facility in late January, the report says. After the state concluded its investigation, the report was sent to the Hutchinson Police Department.
"We received the report from the state, and they do their investigation and then we do ours," said Hutchinson Police Chief Daniel Hatten. "Right now we have finished our end of the investigation, and we have handed off our findings to the city and county attorneys, and they are now reviewing it for possible criminal charges."
The report was sent to both the City Attorney and the County Attorney because of the breadth of potential charges.
"Charges could range that wide, from misdemeanor to felony, and that's why both offices are reviewing the case," Hatten said. "And if either one of them file criminal charges, the name of the suspect will then be made public."
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS checked state records and found the Hutchinson facility, operated by Adult Training and Habilitation, Inc., does not have any substantiated complaints over the past five years. However, records show a similar facility operated by ATH in nearby Winsted does have a 2014 substantiated claim of maltreatment.
Attorneys for the company did not respond to requests for comment Monday.
Updated: March 28, 2017 02:37 PM
Created: March 27, 2017 07:42 PM
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