Terry Wallingford was charged with abusing employees of New Hope Agency near Burgin.
was charged with abusing employees of New Hope Agency
The administrator of a private group home for mentally retarded children and adults in Mercer County was charged Tuesday with the sexual abuse and rape of female employees at the facility.In addition to criminal charges filed against him, Terry Wallingford was also sued by a minority partner in New Hope Agency LLC.
The civil suit makes various allegations against Wallingford
and others regarding the sexual abuse and harassment of employees and the anal rape of one resident at the Burgin group home.Wallingford
, 45, was arrested Tuesday by Harrodsburg police and was charged with three counts of sexual abuse and one count of rape, according to the Boyle County jail.
Among other things, the suit alleges that in the summer of 2007 a relative of Wallingford
pulled down the pants of one female resident and forced her
to have anal intercourse.The relative later gave her
$5, according to the suit.
When staff members noticed that the resident was bleeding from her
anus and reported the incident to Wallingford
refused to take the resident to a hospital and said the resident "was making up these charges." Wallingford
told the employees that they would be fired if they discussed the matter with anyone, the suit alleges.New Hope Agency LLC was created in 2003 by Wallingford and others.
...On Saturday, three former New Hope employees filed a criminal complaint against Wallingford with the Harrodsburg Police Department.
In addition, a current employee of New Hope
filed another complaint against Wallingford
in Lexington, the suit says.
The suit includes sworn affidavits from five former female employees and one current female employee who make various sexual-abuse allegations against Wallingford
In one affidavit, a former New Hope teacher says that Wallingford
"made repeated sexual advances towards me."
aggressively pursued me to the point of having sexual intercourse with him on approximately five different occasions, the last being in November 2007," the former employee says.",I did not consent to such intercourse.I did not physically resist or verbally protest because I was too scared to complain and I could not afford to lose my job."
The same woman says in the affidavit "that at New Hope Agency
, it was common knowledge that female staff could not be alone with Terry Wallingford
would sexually abuse them."
Another former employee says in an affidavit that Wallingford
"repeatedly fondled my breasts and buttocks.
The suit also alleges that Wallingford
converted corporate funds to his
own benefit, and that New Hope
has failed to pay $208,000 in state and federal taxes.Wallingford
also withheld profits from Orwick and diverted them to Wallingford's personal accounts, the suit alleges.
Simpson said the criminal allegations are included in the civil suit because Wallingford's
alleged actions "have devalued the business completely, and the court needs to understand the justification for dissolving the corporation and for compensating Mr. Orwick for his investment."
No bond had been set for Wallingford
as of Tuesday afternoon.