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USA Today Network, Stephanie Dickrell
A state agency has substantiated claims of emotional abuse at a Catholic Charities group home in Paynesville, it said in a recently released report.
The Department of Human Services determined a staffer’s behavior in incidents earlier this summer constituted emotional abuse and maltreatment.
The staffer was accused of mocking a vulnerable adult and sharing video of the adult on Snapchat, both of which are violations of privacy protections and the nonprofit’s policies.
In a statement released last week, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud said that not only did the employee violate policy and statute, “they violated Catholic Charities’ mission of enhancing human dignity.”
The department’s report says the staffer told the vulnerable adult to pee in his or her pants, when they indicated they needed to use the bathroom. The same staffer said having that person in the house was “like having a dog in the house.”
The staffer also took a video of the adult dancing and asked the adult to make the sound a cat makes, and then sent the video on Snapchat.
The department relied on interviews with staff and on a text message sent on June 9 by accused staffer to another Catholic Charities employee.
(Note: The gender of the vulnerable adult is not indicated by the Department of Human Services to preserve confidentiality, so the singular “they” is used.)
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