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Court documents allege unreported sex assaults at Wash. youth facility

Daybreak Youth Services on Northeast 154th Street. (KATU Photo)

BRUSH PRAIRIE, Wash. — Clark County deputies will spend at least the next two weeks digging through evidence they collected from a youth treatment center after allegations it covered up sexual assaults of some of its residents.

Daybreak Youth Services declined to comment about the allegations, saying its legal team was still going through the search warrants.

On Tuesday, authorities with Clark County went through the facility on Northeast 154th Street. Court documents obtained by KATU News show investigators were looking for computers that contained files about incidents involving sexual assault and unwanted touching that were not reported to authorities.

The facility operates as an inpatient facility for teenagers who are going through drug addiction.

The majority of the incidents are from this spring and early summer. Clark County deputies interviewed staffers and former staffers.

In court documents, staffers told investigators about the sexual assault and beating of a 15-year-old boy while he showered.

According to witnesses, there was video surveillance of the attack.

The victim's mother says the boy initially wanted to press charges but changed his mind after a supervisor was late getting back to the family.

Multiple former employees allege that they were discouraged from calling 911 unless it was a case of "life or death," and that if they did not contact a supervisor before calling 911 they would be fired.

Another search warrant describes how a staffer in her 30s was only wearing a black bra and jeans while she received a massage from one of the teenage residents at the facility.

In that case, court documents describe how employees talked with one another about the alleged misconduct. Those staffers expressed their frustration that these type of incidents were occurring too often and they felt management wasn't doing enough to properly address the issue.

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