Greenville Detox Center's Staff Faulted In Alleged Assault

An investigation at a state-run drug treatment center in Greenville finds its staff was negligent by failing to protect a female patient who said she was sexually assaulted by a male patient.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Monday that police weren't called to the Walter B. Jones Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Greenville for more than four hours. The incident resulted in misdemeanor charges of sexual battery and assault on a female against a 34-year-old Wilson man.

More than 530 incidents of patient abuse and neglect have been confirmed by investigations at 13 state-run mental hospitals, homes for the developmentally disabled or substance-abuse treatment centers since January 2009.

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