Posted: Jun 1, 2012 6:12 PM by Jacqui Heinrich
Updated: Jun 1, 2012 8:41 PM
"Anytime somebody goes from one living situation to another there is some adjustment period," Lee Hodge, a Child Welfare Manager for the Colorado Department of Human Services tells News 5.
DHS is placing troubled kids living at the Axios Youth Community in Green Mountain Falls into new homes after the program director, Michael Broadnax, allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in his care.
29-year-old Broadnax is charged with felony sexual assault by a person in a position of trust. The arrest affidavit says Broadnax turned himself in, saying he "knew this was coming".
The victim told police Broadnax raped her in the back of his SUV in the parking lot of Penrose Hospital back in January. She said he had placed a pink blanket in the trunk, leading her to believe the act was planned.
Another former Axios resident also reported to police she had consentual sex with Broadnax on a blanket in the back of his SUV.
Broadnax resigned, the center shut down, and now DHS is finding new homes for the kids affected by the centers' closing. "It's not something that happens often, but it has happened in the past and we've handled these things in the past," Hodge says of the closing.
Some children will return to their families, others will move into foster homes, while those who require full-time care will be placed in nearby group homes. Hodge says, "It's usually a smooth transition, provided that we have the time necessary to make those thoughtful decisions. In this particular case we've had some time and we do feel very confident that the youth that are moving into their new environments do have everything that they need."