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Glade Run faces new lawsuit

January 11, 2019 News Extra

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Only days after settling a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse, a Zelienople youth service program is being sued again over similar accusations, including claims that the program's lax supervision led to sexual assaults in 2014.

“A brief review of the facts, as stated in [the victims] complaint, demonstrates [Glade Run's] actions and inactions are appalling,” Michael Pisanchyn, the lawyer behind the lawsuit, said in a prepared statement. “These include defendants not having adequate staff in its facilities which even to this day put these medically fragile and intellectually disabled human beings placed at risk of being raped, injured and/or even killed.”

The nonprofit Glade Run no longer offers residential services to children. The company now serves 4,000 youths with mental health and education services through numerous facilities including in Butler, Cranberry Township, Zelienople, Beaver Falls, Pittsburgh and Sharon. According to its website, the organization focuses on education, mental health and autism.

On Dec. 31, Glade Run settled a lawsuit that was filed by the Pisanchyn law firm in 2016 on behalf of a teenage boy a year after Zelienople borough police investigated allegations of sexual activity between residents at the Glade Run Lutheran Services facility that housed more than 90 youths at the time, police officials said in previous reports.

Now, in this new lawsuit, similar accusations have been made against Glade Run but the victim of the alleged sex abuse is a different boy.

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