June 16, 2017
As we have seen in many cases throughout California, another individual in a position of authority has allegedly used that power to hurt young people.
Authorities in Northern California say that a former counselor at the Hanna Boys Center, a residential treatment center for junior high and high school students, was recently arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a boy between 2006 and 2011.
Alleged Abuse by Youth Ministry Counselor
Sonoma County sheriff’s officials announced that Kevin Scott Thorpe of Rohnert Park was apprehended at his home on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts and sexual assault on a minor when the alleged victim was 12 to 18 years old. The abuse allegedly started when the boy was 13 years old and continued until he was 18. Thorpe volunteered in a youth ministry program for teens.
Thorpe was booked into Sonoma County Jail and is being held under $250,000 bail, Sonoma County Sgt. Spencer Crum said.
At the time of the alleged incident, Thorpe was a 28-year-old counselor. The assaults allegedly happened at Thorpe’s Sonoma Valley home and at the Hanna Boys Center located in Sonoma.
The alleged victim didn’t disclose the assaults at the time because, like so many who have been assaulted, he feared that he would be in danger or would be expelled from the organization. The victim also said that he believes that there were other minors who were sexually abused.
The alleged victim is now 23 and reported the alleged assaults earlier this month. Sonoma County investigators now believe that there was sufficient evidence that these allegations occurred. The detectives also contend that there may be additional victims or others with information about the case.
The executive director of the Hanna Boys Center, Brian Farragher, hasn’t commented publicly on the case. Farragher has held that position for three years. The center’s website described that it runs an on-campus high school and has been providing “a haven of hope” for struggling youth since 1945.
“The victim was in fear of getting in trouble and being kicked out of the Sonoma group home if he told anyone so he kept this private until now, as he fears of ongoing sexual abuse with other minors,” Crum said. “Detectives from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office’s Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit investigated the man’s claims and they feel there is sufficient evidence to believe Thorpe sexually assaulted the victim as a teenager.” He added.
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