An employee at the Centers for Families and Children has been indicted on felony charges for being accused of raping a former client and convincing her it was required for successful mental health treatment.
The licensed social worker, Gamalier Felicie, 44, has been found guilty of rape, sexual battery, attempted rape and attempted sexual assault. According to the indictment Jan. 25, 2019, Felicie had explained to the young girl that “sexual conduct was necessary for mental health treatment purposes.”
The report from facility administrators, claims that the suspect was immediately placed on suspension and told to leave when the accusations were made. The board reported the incident to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Cuyahoga County’s Addiction, Mental Health (ADAMHS) Board.
The case was also reported by the local police and other state officials. During the investigation, authorities found no records of Felicie having a history of behavior issues with the Ohio Counselor Social Worker including the Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
The suspect has been released on a bond and is required to appear in court on April 10.
The President and CEO of Circle Health Services and The Centers for Families and Children, Elizabeth Newman, released a statement saying:
“The safety and well-being of our clients is always our highest priority. These allegations, if true, would be an egregious violation of our policies and standards of professional conduct, and grounds for termination. To protect our clients, Mr. Felicie remains on leave and has no interaction with clients, pending the outcome of the legal proceedings.”
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