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$4.5M lawsuit says child was repeatedly raped at Kingston Academy

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Published: Feb. 19, 2020 at 11:49 AM EST
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A $4.5 million lawsuit brought against Sequel Schools, the owner of Kingston Academy, said an employee "repeatedly and violently" raped a child who was boarding there.

According to the suit, the unidentified minor child was staying at Kingston Academy when the child was repeatedly violated in the bathroom by an employee and another student.

The suit accuses Sequel Schools of knowingly allowing an unsafe adult to supervise children.

As a result of the alleged rape, the child's mother says the victim is experiencing symptoms of PTSD and other physical symptoms.

The suit demands $4.5 million dollars in compensatory damages.

According to the Sequel website, "Sequel Youth and Family Services is a leading national behavioral health organization that develops and operates a broad continuum of treatment programs for children, adolescents, and adults with behavioral health, emotional and physical challenges."

Sequel Schools LLC. released the following statement regarding the incident:

"At Sequel Youth & Family Services, we take our responsibility to the adolescents we serve very seriously. While we cannot comment on pending litigation, we remain committed to ensuring the safety, well-being, and positive outcomes for all those we are privileged to serve.”

Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the case had been turned over to the Department of Children's Services.

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, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services removed 18 children, ages five to 17, from the academy due to concerns.

WVLT News has reached out to DCS for comment.

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