A member of the staff at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney has been arrested on suspicion she sexually assaulted an 18-year-old male patient of the center.
28-year-old Samantha Halstead, a licensed provisional mental health practitioner, had resigned prior to her arrest, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
A news release issued by the department states the Nebraska State Patrol arrested Halstead Monday.
DHHS says the facility administrator became aware of evidence Halstead had had inappropriate contact with a youth at the facility. DHHS requested the patrol to investigate. Halstead, not on the campus at the time, was suspended Sunday without pay and restricted from the campus or any of the youth there.
“There is zero tolerance for this egregious behavior, which called for swift action,” DHHS CEO Courtney Phillips said in a written statement released by DHHS. “The safety, care and treatment of the youth at the YRTC are paramount in our mission and our work.”
The center in Kearney serves about 100 youth at a time.