Fighting for Survivors Abused at Loysville Youth Development Center in Loysville PA

The Loysville Youth Development Center is a state-run facility in Pennsylvania purportedly dedicated to helping adolescent males adjudicated delinquent by the courts develop the skills and behaviors needed to become productive and responsible members of society. 

However, lawsuits and investigations have alleged that staff members sexually abused minor inmates while they were confined to the development facility. Reports and investigations present a bleak picture of a failing juvenile justice system in which the institutions designed to reform young offenders instead inflicted suffering on them.

Now, a growing number of survivors are stepping forward to file civil lawsuits against the public entities that failed to meet their duty of care when operating these detention centers. 

If you or someone you love were sexually abused at Loysville Youth Development Center in Pennsylvania, attorneys at Levy Konigsberg want to help. Our team has extensive experience litigating sexual abuse lawsuits on behalf of survivors and knows how to help survivors fight back.

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History of Sexual Abuse in Loysville Youth Development Center

High-profile legal filings, criminal prosecutions, and extensive investigations have documented the troubling history of sexual abuse at Loysville Youth Development Center. The facts uncovered during these investigations demonstrated that the Loysville Youth Development Center was severely negligent and that administrators failed to take action, report abuse, and protect the youth in their care.

The numerous allegations of sexual abuse paint a somber picture of institutional shortcomings and a culture of silence that allowed abuse to increase. According to reports and investigations, responsible parties, including The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the facility administration, fostered an atmosphere conducive to abuse. Their poor reporting and lack of adequate supervision have created an atmosphere where abusers feel free to act without worrying about consequences. Examples of sexual abuse in Loysville Youth Development Center include:

  • In May 2024, 66 people filed lawsuits claiming they endured physical and sexual abuse, including violent sexual assault, while they were minors held in juvenile detention centers and similar facilities throughout Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs, both men and women, say they experienced this abuse as early as 2000 and as recently as 2023. Among the facilities mentioned in the lawsuits is the state-run Loysville Youth Development Center.

Represented by Levy Konigsberg’s attorneys, the Loysville survivors filed the sexual abuse lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS). They claim the department failed to protect them from repeated sexual abuse while they were confined as juveniles in state-run facilities. The lawsuit states that, despite federal investigations highlighting high rates of abuse and numerous reports of poor conditions and treatment, Pennsylvania DHS allowed this culture of abuse to continue.

  • In January 2010, a U.S. Department of Justice report revealed troubling news about the Loysville Youth Development Center. It found that about 12% of the youth inmates reported being sexually abused by staff.
  • In December 2010, a Loysville Youth Development Center staffer was charged with institutional sexual assault against a resident. Melanie Louise Hill, 25, allegedly had intercourse with a facility resident who was 18 years old. She was a youth development assistant in the resident’s cottage.

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 legal action if:

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

Levy Konigsberg represents survivors in civil lawsuits that aim to hold youth residential treatment facilities,  juvenile detention centers, private healthcare companies, and other facility operators accountable for their failures to stop abusive staff members and protect young residents.

As civil claims, these 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 with or convicted of a crime.

Recoverable Damages in Sexual Abuse Claims

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

Pennsylvania Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations & Pending Law

In the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system, the current statute of limitations for civil sex abuse claims is the age of adulthood plus 37 years, which means that survivors sexually abused as minors typically have until the age of 55 to file legal action, as long as they were born after November 26, 1989.

As in other states across the country, Pennsylvania’s current statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse claims has been criticized for barring numerous survivors from seeking justice and compensation for their damages and for failing to recognize accepted research about the considerable difficulties survivors face when processing their abuse and taking steps to come forward. Thanks to new efforts by advocates and lawmakers, however, there are now several pending measures before the Pennsylvania Legislature that seek to expand the rights of child sex abuse survivors.

These groundbreaking measures, which are expected to pass, will create new opportunities for survivors to step forward and obtain long-overdue justice. If passed, these measures would create a temporary two-year window for child sexual abuse survivors to file claims over abuse that occurred at any time in the past.

Levy Konigsberg is closely tracking the proposed sexual abuse measures in Pennsylvania youth residential treatment facilities and juvenile detention centers and is actively working with survivors looking for information about filing claims under the new extended statute of limitations or two-year lookback window, should these measures become law.

Trust Levy Konigsberg's Legal Team for Proven Results in Sexual Abuse and Negligence Cases

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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