Sexual assault claim at Ruidoso juvenile center investigated

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RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) – A southern New Mexico juvenile detention center is the focus of a State Police investigation into a male detainee’s claim that a female staff therapist sexually assaulted him.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the director of the state’s juvenile justice services has resigned and two administrators have been placed on paid administrative since the alleged assault was reported in early February.

All of the youths detained at the Lincoln Pines Youth Center near Ruidoso have been relocated to other facilities while authorities investigate what happened at the center.

Children, Youth and Families Department spokesman Henry Varela says the therapist no longer works for the state. He wouldn’t say whether she was fired or quit.

Juvenile Justice Services director Sandra Stewart submitted her resignation Monday. She didn’t specify a reason.

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