- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - The Pueblo sheriff’s office is asking the district attorney to file charges in six cases involving residents at state-run Pueblo Regional Center group homes who say they were abused.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports (https://bit.ly/1d0SJdB) Sheriff Kirk Taylor and his deputies investigated 19 complaints of long-term abuse, maltreatment and unlawful sexual contact. The office ultimately referred six of those cases to the district attorney for review.

Taylor says his office is still investigating four cases.

Pueblo Regional Center is operated by the Colorado Department of Human Services and runs 11 group homes in Pueblo West. It’s unclear which specific group homes the allegations stem from.

Department Director Reggie Bicha said in an email that the investigations strengthen the state’s commitment to stabilizing the center.

In April, eight staffers including the center’s director joined three others on paid administrative leave.


Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, https://www.chieftain.com

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