The head of a Sonoma Valley residential center for troubled boys said Thursday he plans to step up training on personal and professional boundaries after the second employee in six months was arrested on child-sex charges.
Brian Farragher, executive director of the Hanna Boys Center, said he will pursue other safeguards including instruction on how to spot grooming and predatory behavior.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested the center’s clinical director, Kevin Thorpe, 39, of Rohnert Park after a former youth resident, now 23, came forward with allegations that Thorpe molested him in 2009.
Thorpe remains in jail with bail set at $300,000. He was arraigned on three felony counts carrying a maximum 24 years in prison.
He had been hired as a youth counselor 14 years ago, became a licensed counselor and was promoted last fall to clinical director. The position is responsible for supervising staff counselors and interns, and guiding treatment plans for all students.
Thorpe is married with children and runs a youth ministry program as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Sonoma Valley.
Church officials could not be reached.
A criminal investigation is continuing but so far no additional victims have been identified, sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Crum said.
“We think it’s possible there’s going to be others,” he said earlier this week when Thorpe’s arrest was first reported.
Source: The Press Democrat