Sexual assault allegations at Cleveland behavioral health agency Beech Brook

CLEVELAND - Officials at the Cleveland behavioral health agency Beech Brook continue to investigate allegations that one of their employees sexually assaulted two teen girls in the facility's care.

"We immediately notified children services and the police, and placed the employee on leave," said Nancy Kortemeyer in a news release. "We also notified the families and took active steps to support the girls."

An internal investigation is under way and Beech Brook is fully cooperating with authorities and county investigations.

The employee, who we are choosing not to name until he is officially charged, has worked at Beech Brook since March 2011.

"The background check we conducted before he was hired did not indicate any concerns," noted Kortemeyer. "Because this matter is now in the hands of the authorities, we are not able to discuss the details of these allegations."

Kortemeyer stressed protecting the clients in their care is always their highest priority.

"We are appalled that one of our employees may have taken advantage of his position to harm vulnerable children. We are carefully reviewing our policies and procedures in light of this incident to make sure we are doing everything possible to protect our clients."
 

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