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FAYETTE – A resident at Prairie View Residential Care Facility resident is taking the center to court over sexual abuse allegations.

In addition to the care center, the suit names as a defendant former nursing assistant Shelby Sebring of Hawkeye. The suit was filed in May in Fayette County District Court by attorney Jeffrey Walters.

Attorneys for Prairie View and Shelby are denying the allegations.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff, a 28-year-old man, suffers from schizophrenia and other mental health conditions and was in inpatient treatment and considered a dependent adult when the incident happened.

In May and June 2016, the plaintiff was subject to observing his roommate and another patient having sex. The suit also alleges Sebring made repeated inappropriate contact with the plaintiff, and in June 2016 had intercourse and other sexual touching with him while she was on duty.

The plaintiff “observed other patients at Prairie View who were also being subject to sexual misconduct including inappropriate touching, harassment and intercourse by Prairie View staff or patients, which created a hostile and harassing environment detrimental to the plaintiff and other patients.”

The suit alleges Prairie View knew or should have known Sebring and other staff and patients were involved in sexual activity at the center and failed to supervise and monitor them.

Attorney Jason Madden of Des Moines is representing Prairie View, and Attorney Patrick Woodward of Davenport is representing Sebring. They are asking the court to throw out the lawsuit.

Sebring is also facing charge in criminal court in connection with the alleged incident at Prairie View. She was arrested in March for felony sexual exploitation by a mental health worker, and trial is tentatively set for August.

Two other nursing assistants charged in the Prairie View investigation — Carolyn Marie Wiedrich and Jamie Leah Pagel — aren’t named in the lawsuit. Wiedrich has entered a written plea and has a hearing later his month. Trial for Pagel is scheduled for July.

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Police and Courts Reporter

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