Girl sues staff of Lancaster Co. shelter following alleged sexual assault

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A minor is suing employees of a shelter care facility, citing alleged failure to protect and sexual abuse.

K.G. filed a complaint on Nov. 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against David T. Stevenson, Tonya Evans, Mike Kern and others for alleged violation of plaintiff's right under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Pennsylvania state law.

According to the complaint, between February and July 2017, minor plaintiff was court-ordered to reside in the shelter care facility at the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center, wherein she was allegedly sexually harassed and sexually assaulted by defendant Stevenson. 

Plaintiff also claims Stevenson committed multiple inappropriate acts against female residents but no less than four "unusual reports" were made by the facility. Stevenson was arrested in 2017.

The plaintiff says the defendants failed to protect plaintiff from a substantial risk of harm by defendant Stevenson and failed to report to supervisors and/or administrators his conduct.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for damages, attorney fees, costs, reimbursement for expert fees, and other relief as the court may deem just and proper. She is represented by Christopher Lyden of Miller Lyden PC in Lancaster.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 5:18-cv-04985-JFL.

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