|On the above date, Licensing Program Analyst (LPA) Brian Bertoli initiated an investigation with the Group Home and spoke with Administrator Scott Sowle. The purpose of the inspection was to inform the facility that an investigation is being conducted regarding the above allegations.|
LPA Bertoli and Administrator Sowle discussed that an Investigations Branch Investigator Joseph Balarie has completed this investigation.
During the course of the investigation, Investigator Balarie interviewed staff and youth, and reviewed records. There was no indication that the allegations occurred other than statements from client.
There is a lack of clear evidence to make a determination as to whether a regulatory violation did occur. This department has investigated the allegations, and although the allegations may have happened or are valid, there is not a preponderance of the evidence to prove that Staff sexually abused client or of Staff showing inappropriate photos to client. Therefore, the above allegation is unsubstantiated. Appeal rights were provided and discussed, and no deficiencies were cited. An exit interview was conducted and a copy of the report was given to the facility.