Disability rights advocates are demanding change after a Department of Justice report recommended criminal charges against a state disability supervisor.
The report addresses how state workers handled a sexual assault reported in 2010 at a state run facility for the developmentally disabled in Clinton, Montana.
A judge eventually sentenced the accused state worker to ten years in prison for sexual assault, but the DOJ report found that the supervisor charged with investigating the complaint, when first notified about the assault, tried to convince the victim to recant her story because "(the employee) could get into a lot of trouble and maybe even lose his job."
The supervisor in question remains at his position, according to Bernadette Franks-Ongoy, executive director at Disability Rights Montana. The group filed a lawsuit to make the DOJ report public.
"We have difficulty with this particular person doing this job, but this is a systems issue,? said Franks-Ongoy. ?The state needs to be looking at having transparency, and that means having an independent, objective, investigatory process to follow up with any sort of complaints and institutions."
For a link to Disability Rights Montana?s website, where they have posted a copy of the report, click here.