Fighting for Survivors Abused at Echo Glen

The Echo Glen Children’s Center is a maximum security juvenile detention facility in Snoqualmie, Washington and the only one that accepts girls in the state. The purpose of juvenile detention centers is to provide safe surroundings for the state’s most at-risk adolescents to obtain rehabilitation services. Instead, many of these kids suffer sexual assault from fellow inmates and adults who have authority over them. These occurrences draw attention to structural problems with supervision and juvenile inmate protection at the Echo Glen detention center.

Levy Konigsberg is investigating allegations of sexual assault at the Echo Glen juvenile detention center. If you or a loved one has been sexually abused at this facility, our experienced sexual abuse lawyers can assist you in seeking justice and compensation for the harm you suffered.

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History of Sexual Abuse at the Echo Glen Children’s Center

The Echo Glen Children’s Center has a concerning history of abuse, as shown by civil lawsuits, public settlements, and criminal investigations. These incidents highlight the failures of public authorities in properly investigating complaints and protecting the young inmates. Reports have consistently pointed out issues with low staffing and insufficient security. This lack of proper oversight may allow sexual predators to have unsupervised access to vulnerable children at the facility. Examples of abuse, and of conditions likely to lead to abuse, include the following:

  • A news report stated that days before seven teens with violent backgrounds escaped Echo Glen Children’s Center in 2023, administrators were warned of a possible breakout. One warning came from a parent who reported an escape plan. Following the incident, employees criticized the Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF)  for not preventing it and noted critically low staffing—only one guard and a trainee patrolled while others supervised teens alone. 

Another report showed that this and a previous escape involving five teens, highlighted years of ignored issues such as low wages, stagnant hiring, underfunding, program cuts, and mandatory overtime reported by staff and union representatives.

  • In 2014, a 13-year-old girl was sexually molested by a male inmate at Echo Glen Children’s Center. Boys and girls attend studies and participate in recreational and religious activities together in the school. Blake Garcia, 17, and a repeat sex offender, groped the girl sexually and against her consent while they were in class.

He was detained and charged in both juvenile and adult courts and pleaded guilty to offenses that resulted in a sentence of over five years in state custody. He remained a registered sex offender.

  • In August 2009, a former female inmate at the Echo Glen Children’s Center filed a lawsuit against the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), claiming that Officer Robert H. Fox violently raped her while she was incarcerated at the institution in May 2006. According to the lawsuit, Fox, 38, a guard at the facility, had been grooming the girl for some time before entering her room, removing her clothes, and assaulting her. 

The victim had already begun to get her life together at Echo Glen, as evidenced by her GED score and positive interaction with staff, when she was assaulted. The complaint was finally settled in July 2011, when the DSHS agreed to pay $375,000 after Fox pled guilty to first-degree custodial sexual misconduct.

We specialize in sexual abuse lawsuits against powerful institutions, including prisons, clergy, and juvenile detention centers.

We work on contingency, which means there’s no cost to hire and no fee unless we win.

Do I Have a Case

You may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit if:

  • You were sexually abused by a guard, counselor, or other Echo Glen Children’s Center staff member.
  • The abuse occurred at the juvenile rehabilitation facility. 

Levy Konigsberg represents survivors in civil lawsuits that aim to hold Echo Glen operators and state authorities accountable for their failures to stop abusive staff members and protect young inmates.

These civil cases are separate from any criminal proceedings that may arise from abuse and focus instead on holding institutions liable for damages. This means you may still have a claim even if:

  • Your abuser is no longer alive.
  • Your abuser was never charged or convicted of a crime
  • Your abuser is convicted and served a sentence 

Recoverable Damages in Sexual Abuse Claims

Civil lawsuits cannot remove the trauma of child sexual abuse. However, in addition to providing accountability and a sense of justice, civil sex abuse lawsuits allow survivors to recover financial compensation for their damages, which may include:

  • Past medical and mental health expenses
  • Future mental health expenses, including therapy, medications, etc.
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish and psychological harm
  • Lost income
  • Other economic and non-economic damages

Washington New Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

Under current Washington state law, survivors of sexual abuse have three years from the date of their abuse, or three years from the date they discover the connection between their injuries (which can include addiction, self-harm, and other mental health issues) and the abuse (or a defendant’s actions that led to the abuse), to file civil lawsuits.

In March 2024, the governor signed into law a bill (House Bill 1618) removing the statute of limitations for civil claims related to child sexual abuse. As a result, for any sexual abuse occurring on or after June 6, 2024, there is no deadline to file.

However, the new law is not retroactive, meaning that it does not apply to sexual abuse that occurred before June 6, 2024. Survivors of sexual abuse that occurred before this time still have three years from the date of their abuse, or three years from the date they discover the connection between their injuries and the abuse or actions that led to the abuse, to file civil lawsuits. 

The Levy Konigsberg legal team can assist you in determining whether your claim meets the requirements under the statute of limitations for cases involving child sexual abuse.

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Levy Konigsberg LLP, a nationally recognized law firm, has built a legacy over three decades, recovering over $3 billion in sexual abuse compensation for clients. Led by award-winning sexual abuse lawyers, we specialize in representing survivors in sexual abuse across the country, taking on powerful institutions. Our top-rated trial practice handles all types of sexual abuse or negligence cases, showcasing numerous testimonials and successful case results. You can learn more about our latest sexual abuse work on our blog.

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