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Abuse allegations at Mexia State School

By Christine McCarthy

MEXIA- The state of Texas is investigating an allegation of sexual abuse, among other complaints, between a staff member and student at the Mexia State Supported Living Center.

A former psychological assistant at the Mexia State School is accused of taking a mentally disabled resident off campus without permission on September 11.

Lacresha Bell, the mother of the alleged victim, Warren Bell, says the staff member offered to buy marijuana and cigarettes so that he could have sex with her.

The Office of the Inspector General is looking into allegations of sexual abuse, neglect and exploitation, according Cecilia Cavuto, of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

That employee has resigned while the investigation continues.

She has not had any contact with the student since the incident, according to Cavuto.

Cavuto says Mexia State School has had 1,253 allegations of abuse, exploitation and neglect. Fifty of those case have been confirmed.

The seemingly high number of allegations is not unusual, according to Cavuto, because of the agency's very strict reporting standards. Cavuto says each employee reports every little thing they suspect.

Lacresha was on her way to pick up Warren on Friday night and said she will take care of him at her home with the help of his disability benefits.

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