EL RENO — A former employee of an adolescent drug rehabilitation center was arrested after being accused of sexually molesting a 15-year-old patient, investigators with the Canadian County sheriff’s office said.
Amy Thompson, 32, of Yukon, was arrested on a complaint of engaging in lewd acts against a minor and rape in the first degree, officials said.
A mother contacted authorities to report that her son had been sexually molested by Thompson while he was receiving treatment at the Fort Reno Adolescent Drug and Rehabilitation Center.
Thompson, who investigators said is married and has three children, told authorities she met the boy while she was an employee of the center.
Her duties when she worked for the center included providing supervision and care to patients who were receiving treatment. Thompson has not worked for the center since July.
Bill Alexander, co-facility director, said Thompson quit. She worked as a youth guidance specialist for the center, and had been employed there for about five months, Alexander said.
A parent notified the center on Wednesday about a possible inappropriate relationship between an ex-employee and an underage client, Alexander said. He said his facility notified authorities and is assisting the sheriff’s office.
“While we cannot speak to any certain case, and while every person is innocent until proven guilty, we can tell you that our facility takes extensive efforts in screening applicants and making every effort to ensure the safety of our clients,” Alexander said in a written statement.
He said the center will continue to reassess its procedures.
“We believe that anyone who abuses any child should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and we remain committed to serving the public and continuing to help families and children live more healthy lives,” Alexander wrote in the statement.
Thompson told authorities she had sex with the boy and admitted to committing six separate incidents of lewd acts with the boy by touching him inappropriately, officials said.
Investigators contend the acts occurred at the rehabilitation center and on center-sponsored field trips. Sheriff’s office officials also contend Thompson orchestrated a getaway with the boy at an Oklahoma City-area motel.
Thompson was booked in the Canadian County jail and was being held there Thursday in lieu of $350,000 bail, officials said.