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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  • by srcaufalot Location: farmville on May 19, 2010 at 10:45 AM
    If the Goverment would Legalize MEDICAL MARIJUANA there would not be any bugget cuts cause the money would be there unless the Goverment keeps putting it in there pockets.Like the educational lottery,If it is for the education why are teachers losing there jobs,bugget cuts LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA
  • by RE:Justice on May 18, 2010 at 09:41 AM
    We cannot make judgments from bias news reports and believe they report all the facts. With that said I cannot say this justifies the reasoning for the delay of calling the police but I would encourage everyone not to be judgmental and don't play the blame game.
  • by Kim Location: Williamston on May 18, 2010 at 03:24 AM
    I too am an employee that has dealt with mental health patients. These patients generally are hard to control and there is not a given science in how to deal with the multiple scenarios that present with mental health clients. What is scary is that suing the facility takes money away from the facility and could cause the facility to close or shy away from serving the mentally ill; thus no mental health services because of the suing - causing less services, less personnel, etc. I am so sorry someone was sexually assaulted. The truth is some mental health individuals need jail - plain and simple. Insanity charges need to be put aside and they serve there time, probably more time than they are sentenced to. Even had one mental health client that was jailed to tell me they finally felt they fit in in jail. Mmmmmmm
  • by Justice on May 18, 2010 at 02:18 AM
    DHHS_E, please explain how being understaffed and overworked caused the staff from taking 4 hours after the woman reported the incident to them,to call police? What else going on in the entire complex could be more important than to call police? I mean, lets do a test, pick up the phone handle, which weights just a few ozs, hit the three little numbers every kid is taught in 1st grade, say "need help walter jones detox" hang up. 10 seconds min? But instead wait 4 hours? What were they going to do, investigate it themselves, play CSI:Greenville? My question is, why or what circumstances caused them to want to even call police 4 hours later? Thats the question police should ask.
  • by DHHS_E on May 17, 2010 at 06:58 PM
    I am a DHHS employee and often times we are understaffed and overworked at my facility due budget cuts. This does not excuse the alleged assault that took place at this facility but all aspects need to be considered and personal attacks don't need to be made.
  • by David McGowan Location: Greenville, NC on May 17, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    Why haven't we heard from Dr. Gary Leonhardt, the medical director of Walter B. Jones ADATC? Maybe he hopes this incident will be swept under the rug like the hundreds of confirmed incidents of negligent that was kept secret. We have a demonstrated lack of accountability by the management at this facility that continues to create a liability for the taxpayers. This bozo and his subordinates needs to be terminated immediately and replaced with competent leadership.

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