Woman says behavioral facility didn't protect daughter from worker accused of sexual battery

By: Samantha Manning

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A woman wants changes to be made at a youth behavioral health facility after she said it failed to protect her daughter from an employee accused of having sexual contact with the girl.

Michael Cadore Jr., 24, was arrested in August after he had sexual contact with a former student of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health's Viera campus, police said.

"She was sent there for help," said the woman, who asked to not be identified.

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She said her daughter desperately needed help after she was dragged into the dark world of teenage prostitution.

"(She) started being drugged," she said. "That’s how they get her. And then from there, she basically -- they started to pimp her out."

The woman said her daughter, then 15, met Cadore while she was staying at the facility. Cadore was working as a unit manager at the time.

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"The day she was discharged, he shook my hand and said goodbye," the woman said. "He was somebody who knew, knows her whole entire medical history -- everything. She was there for a year."

Cocoa Beach police officers found the girl with Cadore during a traffic stop several days after she was discharged from the facility.

Police said a video on Cadore’s phone showed him engaging in a sexual act with the girl. He was arrested and fired from the facility.

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"You were in charge in a facility I was sending my daughter to to get stable," the woman said. "You just added another trauma on top of what she already had."

That wasn't the first time an employee at the facility came under fire. Another worker was arrested and fired in 2016 after she was accused of punching a 14-year-old girl.

The state determined in March that Devereux failed to follow proper background screening laws for eight employees, two of whom were fired, records said.

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The facility has since corrected the problem.

"They need to be more cautious," the woman said.

Channel 9 pored over dozens of Brevard County Sheriff’s Office records and learned that there were 43 incidents reported at the Viera campus from January to August 2017.

Fourteen of the cases were sex crimes. Most of the cases involved teenagers allegedly harming other teenagers.

Read: Woman accused of beating girl, 14, at behavioral facility in Viera

The woman who spoke to Channel 9 said that she wants to see more employees working in each unit and doesn't want male employees to work with girls.

"On those units, I do not believe males should be with females as far as staff," she said.

Devereux declined Channel 9's request for an on-camera interview and didn't answer specific questions about the woman's staffing concerns.

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The facility provided the following statement:

"Devereux provides an intensive therapeutic treatment program at the Viera Campus serving children and adolescents with significant behavioral and emotional needs. The individuals we serve are provided unfettered access to make contact with authorities, including the right to report any allegation, at any time. Every report is investigated to the fullest extent. We work very closely with our partners in law enforcement and the agencies that provide regulatory oversight of our programs. Furthermore, we ensure every measure is taken to address the safety and well-being of those we serve and to ensure continuous quality improvement is a focus of our organization. Devereux cares deeply about the children we serve. Our history is one of quality and deep commitment to healing those in need. Our partners in the child welfare and behavioral health community know Devereux to have a long history of caring for individuals with some of the most significant challenges and we remain committed to making a positive impact to the lives of those in our care and to the communities we serve."

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The woman said she hopes more changes will be made soon.

“I wish I had put her somewhere else,” she said.

Cadore is scheduled to face a Brevard County judge on Dec. 4 on charges of lewd or lascivious battery of a victim under 16 and use of a child in a sexual performance.

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