Baton Rouge detox center worker suspected of raping patient

Baton Rouge detox center worker suspected of raping patient

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man who worked at a Baton Rouge detox center is behind bars, accused of raping a patient. According to police, a judge ordered the woman to get treated there.

The Baton Rouge Area Alcohol and Drug Center on South Foster Dr. opened its doors last year. According to its website, the agency aims "to provide a safe and secure environment for detoxification services."

However, according to a probable cause report, a 20-year-old female who was ordered by the court to be treated there told Baton Rouge Police detectives a worker raped her. The report stated the woman was taken to a hospital and a sexual assault examination showed signs of rape.

Detectives said several patients were interviewed and said the victim was upset and cried all morning.

The worker, 25-year-old Julius Williams, of Independence, was arrested and charged with second-degree rape.

Racheal Hebert, president and CEO of the Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR) Center, said it is even more prevalent at places where people go to seek help.

"Anywhere there is a potential abuse of power, there is more opportunity. We do see these very common in foster homes and facilities where youth are held in detention or correctional facilities, group homes," Hebert said.

Hebert said when someone is exploited at a place where they expect to receive assistance, it can have a long-lasting impact on the recovery process.

"It could be difficult for them to want to get clean. It could traumatize them," Hebert said.

The victim does have other options. STAR offers free counseling and will even help see victims through the judicial process, if warranted. But some victims remain in custody of the detox center, which means sometimes services can be limited. There is no word on whether the victim in this case will be ordered to return.

According to police, Williams admitted to having sex with the victim but said it was consensual.

He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. His bond is set at $50,000.

The detox center did not respond to 9News' request for comment.

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