Fighting for Survivors of Sexual Abuse in Arizona Residential Treatment Facilities

Youth residential treatment facilities provide mental and behavioral healthcare for vulnerable teens and children. However, many Arizona centers face lawsuits for gross negligence, abuse, and mistreatment of their residents.

An increasing number of former patients at Arizona youth residential treatment centers are speaking out, sharing their experiences of sexual abuse by staff members and accusing facility operators of failing to protect them.

If you or a loved one has suffered sexual abuse in any Arizona youth residential treatment center, contact our experienced attorneys at Levy Konigsberg for help. We can assist you in getting justice and compensation.

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History of Sexual Abuse in Arizona Youth Residential Treatment Centers

Arizona has a troubling history of physical and sexual abuse in youth residential treatment centers, documented through legal cases, criminal charges, and investigations by federal agencies and youth advocates. These incidents uncover a widespread abuse problem in these facilities, exposing failures by authorities and private contractors to thoroughly investigate claims, report abusive staff, and protect the minors in their care. 

Examples of abuse, and of conditions likely to lead to abuse, include the following:

Casa Grande Academy

In May 2024, Casa Grande Academy faced a lawsuit for allowing their former employee, Daisa Sigarroba, 28, to engage in an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy in their care. Sigarroba admitted to having sex and doing drugs with the minor during the entire time she worked at Casa Grande Academy. 

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

Rodrigo Omar Flores, 23, was taken into custody on May 7, 2019, after he was accused of sexually abusing three patients at the Devereux Behavioral Health residential treatment center in Phoenix. A 14-year-old girl alleged that Flores had touched her inappropriately four times in her room and the laundry room. Two more teenagers made similar accusations against Flores. 

Overall, investigators received reports of 12 instances of sexual abuse between October 2018 to March 2019 involving Flores. He was charged with several counts of sexual abuse, aggravated assault, and having sex with a underaged individuals.

According to a 2013 press report, ADHS was notified of 31 peer-on-peer sexual cases at Devereux over the previous three years. Records from ADHS show that among Arizona’s 11 Level 1 Residential Treatment Institutes, Devereux was responsible for 84% of all peer-to-peer sex allegations. At least 20 incidents were recorded by the newspaper in which children at Devereux claimed that other residents inappropriately groped or sexually abused them. Devereux was identified by the article to have received the most reports of physical abuse by personnel — about 83% of claims reported to ADHS. 

Mingus Mountain Academy

Kayla, 15, was among the youths transferred from California to for-profit treatment facilities in other states. In 2020, youth who had been sent by the State of California to for-profit treatment facilities in other states spoke to the press about their experiences. One 15-year-old girl recounted how she experienced severe mistreatment at Mingus Mountain Academy in Arizona, where staff used excessive force and abusive language, causing significant harm to residents.

The all-girls residential treatment center Mingus Mountain Estate Residential Center in Prescott Valley, near Phoenix, reported four cases of staff sexual abuse in 2016. However, none of these incidents were reported to the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) as required by law. 

According to a newspaper, a member of staff of Mingus Mountain Academy in May 2012 admitted to having a relationship with a resident. He was placed on administrative leave when the police were called, and he subsequently resigned. The article also reported that a resident complained on January 21, 2012, that a male staff member had made advances toward her. After the Sheriff’s Office declared the accusation to be unfounded, the employee was permitted to return to Mingus Mountain. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, however, was unable to locate any documentation of the employee’s investigation. 

The newspaper also mentioned the pPolice record of a 28-year-old male employee dismissed in November 2010 after it was alleged that he had sex with a 17-year-old female patient..

Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital

On February 4, 2019, the Capitol Forum revealed it had reviewed 373 pages of documents detailing numerous investigations into Acadia’s Oasis Behavioral Health from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).  From January 2014 to September 2018, the facility faced countless investigations due to alarming reports of poor care and hazardous conditions. Complaints ranged from physical and sexual assaults to document forgery, staffing shortages, runaway patients, and a lack of measures to prevent injuries and suicide attempts.

Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital

In 2019, Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital in Tucson faced issues due to poor staffing as confirmed by whistleblowers and internal documents. On one occasion, a supervisor’s ignorance of emergency exits led to three teens escaping, resulting in fines. 

A November 2019 news report revealed that Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital had the most citations among Arizona’s 17 psychiatric hospitals inspected by ADHS. Records showed issues, such as an unlicensed nurse, a technician assaulting a child patient, and a nurse accused of being drunk at work. 

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Investigating Sexual Abuse at Arizona Residential Treatment Facilities

Levy Konigsberg is currently examining reports from past and present youth inmates who experienced sexual abuse by staff at residential treatment facilities throughout Arizona. This investigation covers facilities, whether still operating or closed, with a known history or allegations of sexual abuse and related complaints, including:

  • Avery’s House
  • Brighter Heights
  • Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona
  • Embark Behavioral Health
  • Horizon Recovery
  • Meadows Adolescent Center
  • Mingus Mountain Academy
  • Nexus Teen Academy
  • Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital
  • Palo Verde Behavioral Health
  • Quail Run Behavioral Health
  • Red Hawk Academy
  • Sequelcare
  • Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital
  • Traditions
  • Via Linda Behavioral Health
  • Zenith Academy
  • Zenith Behavioral Health

Do I Have a Case

You may have grounds to file a civil legal action if:

  • You were sexually abused by a guard, counselor, or other youth residential treatment center staff member.
  • The abuse occurred at any youth residential treatment center in Arizona

Operators of Arizona youth residential treatment centers are legally required to ensure the safety of the children in their care. Any proven physical or sexual abuse is a serious breach of this duty. Victims can hold these operators financially accountable for any harm caused.

Levy Konigsberg helps survivors hold youth residential treatment centers accountable for failing to stop abusive staff and protect residents. These civil cases are separate from criminal proceedings and focus on getting compensation from the institutions. You can still file a claim even if your abuser is no longer alive or was never charged with a crime. 

Arizona Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations is a law that limits the amount of time you have to start a legal case after something wrong or illegal has happened. Under current law, survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Arizona have until age 30 to file civil lawsuits.

Speaking with an attorney is always the best way to determine what you may be entitled to and how to move forward with your case. We recommend that you contact the Levy Konigsberg’s sexual abuse lawyers if you have any questions about the statute of limitations applicable to your potential sex abuse case. 

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