A federal lawsuit was filed against an Illinois social worker who is accused of seducing and keeping a 24-year-old patient as a sex slave at a mental institution.
Ben Hurt, 24, took legal action against his former social worker, 53-year-old Christy Lenhardt, whom he said sexually abused him for three years at Elgin Mental Health Center.
Hurt’s attorney, Joe Cecala, stated “She engaged in all kinds of various sexual misconduct. The graphic details are every sex act that you can imagine.”
Cecala claimed that the social worker spent months seducing Hurt, beginning in 2014, before they had sex at the state mental institution.
“She is accused of manipulating and seducing our client, repeatedly, and it took her about four months until she had sex for the first time with him,” Cecala said. “We have evidence of her perversion, both in her emails to the client, nude photos.”
Hurt was diagnosed with schizophrenia, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in 2014 for battery on a police officer. The incident landed him at the facility, where his mom claims Lendhart would make excuses to extend his stay.
“They assured me that they were going to help me with my child,” Hurt’s mom D’Anntanette Lee said. “What they did to my son was wrong.”
Hurt was released from the facility, also sued two other psychiatrists and the center’s director for allegedly ignoring the abuse.
Lenhardt was fired from the center in July but has not been charged with a crime.
Illinois State Police launched an investigation into the allegations.
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