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Ohio eating disorder treatment center worker arrested for sexually assaulting patient

By meerna Jul11,2024
Ohio eating disorder treatment center worker arrested for sexually assaulting patient

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – An employee at a north Columbus eating disorder treatment center appeared in court Wednesday after being accused of sexually assaulting a patient.

According to court documents, 26-year-old Amanda Stetzer is charged with sexual assault of a patient or inmate and disseminating material harmful to minors. Stetzer is accused of having a sexual relationship with a patient at the Emily Program Eating Disorder Outpatient Treatment Center in Northwoods near Worthington.

Police said the patient, 17, reported that she had signed up for Emily’s program in June. When she arrived at the facility, she met with Stetzer to fill out paperwork. The victim said Stetzer put his hand on her leg and slapped her on the butt while she was in the bathroom.

The two allegedly exchanged phone numbers, and the victim said Stetzer began giving her extra privileges, such as using his cell phone and staying after hours. Stetzer then allegedly told the victim to come up with reasons to go to the group room after hours so they could be intimate.

The victim said the two rode in Stetzer’s car and had sex in the backseat. She told police the encounters lasted about 25 minutes so as not to arouse suspicion in others. The last two encounters were on June 20 and June 23, police said.

Court documents say Stetzer told the victim not to tell anyone she had a child and didn’t want to lose her job. Stetzer’s LinkedIn profile listed her as a Behavior Health Technician at The Emily Program.

Stetzer also allegedly sent the victim obscene texts and images via social media. Those images were saved, police said.

Stetzer was arrested Tuesday, and on Wednesday, a Franklin County Municipal Court judge set her bail at $100,000. Her next court appearance is scheduled for July 19 for a preliminary hearing.

By meerna

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