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Settlement reached in case alleging rape by juvenile center employee

The Second Circuit Court settled a case that alleged an employee at the Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center raped a teen in 2015 (Photo: KTVO)

The Second Circuit Court has settled the case brought against the Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center in 2016 that alleged an employee raped a teen girl while on an overnight trip.

Settlement documents obtained by KTVO through the Missouri Attorney General’s Office show that the court, which operates the Kirksville juvenile facility, settled the case in November of last year. The terms called for the state to pay $600,000, and did not include any admission of guilt. The teen received a little more than $300,000, while attorneys’ fees accounted for the rest.

In 2015, the plaintiff said she was raped by now-former facility employee Christopher Wright while on an overnight trip to Thousand Hills. Court documents say a female chaperone had left the area to do laundry, leaving Wright as the only employee present with the juveniles. When the 16-year-old plaintiff returned from the outhouse during the night, she said Wright sexually assaulted her and raped her on a picnic table.

A Department of Social Services investigation at the time found a preponderance of evidence substantiating child abuse/neglect. Case filings show that three other sexual abuse reports involving four different female residents of the facility had been made against Wright since he began work at Bruce Normile in 2014.

A report from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office shows the settlement payment was made in December.

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