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Juvenile Rehabilitation Administrator Arrested for Sexual Contact With Resident

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RICHLAND, WA - A staff member at Twin River's Community Facility in Richland was taken into custody Tuesday, Dec. 8th on a 72 hour hold after being accused of having sexual contact with an 18 year old resident.
 Twin Rivers is a juvenile rehabilitation administration facility that houses minors who have been convicted of felony crimes.
Police contacted 38 year old Mindi Stoker, the acting community facility administrator for Twin Rivers.
 The investigation found Stoker had sent messages to the 18 year old and had sexual contact multiple times including once inside the facility.
  Stoker was arraigned in court Monday.  Police are still investigating.

Here is a copy of the full report from Richland Police, and below that a statement from The Department of Social & Health Services:

On December 7, 2015 Richland Police were notified of a possible incident involving a staff member at the Twin River’s Community Facility, 605 McMurray Street.  Twin Rivers is a juvenile rehabilitation administration facility staffed by employees of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).  It houses minors who have been convicted of felony crimes throughout Washington State.  Mindi Stoker is the acting Community Facility Administrator for Twin Rivers.

The complaint alleged that a staff member, Mindi Stoker, had sexual contact with an 18 year old resident.  Complaints of this nature are typically processed through Child Protective Services (CPS) since the facilities are licensed to house juveniles.  CPS referred the incident to Richland PD for a criminal investigation. A detective from the Washington State Patrol is also involved in investigating part of the case.

The investigation revealed that Stoker had communicated in several different formats with a client housed at Twin Rivers.  Messages contained information of a sexually explicit nature. It appears that the contact had been going on since at least October, 2015.  

The two had sexual contact on a number of different outings and trips taken together.  On some of the excursions other individuals were present and observed inappropriate contact.  The two had sex at least once in the facility located at 605 McMurray St.

A search warrant was served and a phone and computer seized.  Evidence found on the cellular phone supported the initial allegation.  A number of interviews have been conducted with staff and clients of Twin Rivers.

On December 8, 2015 RPD Detective Jansen contacted the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office.  After being briefed on the case, they authorized a 72 hour hold for Stoker.

Stoker was contacted at her residence in Pasco and taken into custody without incident.  She was booked into the Benton County jail on the above listed charges.  The investigation into this incident is continuing.

DSHS Statement:

Administrator removed from facility after allegations of inappropriate relationship with juvenile

Mindi Stoker has been removed from the Twin Rivers Community Facility in Richland, where she was Acting Community Facility Administrator, and placed on alternate assignment until an internal investigation is completed. Stoker was arrested December 8 for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a juvenile resident. DSHS Rehabilitation Administration staff reported suspicious behavior, which led to a police investigation and arrest.

The agency will continue to work with authorities during their ongoing investigation.

“The Rehabilitation Administration has zero tolerance for this type of behavior,” said Assistant Secretary John Clayton. “This is inexcusable for any of our staff, and especially intolerable for someone in a position of authority. Our policy prohibits misconduct and harassment and we take all allegations of staff sexual misconduct with youth very seriously.

“As demonstration of how seriously we take this issue, 100 percent of our staff and youth have been trained on the importance of ensuring appropriate boundaries and reporting questionable behavior related to staff or other residents. We remind them that if they see something, say something.”

DSHS expects a decision regarding Ms. Stoker’s continued employment with the administration within the next few days.