Reprinted from the Mille Lacs Messenger today. (I sure hope Nexus and their employee don't sue them for "defamation". I really hope they don't sue me again for sharing the information - as seems to have become habit.)
"Criminal sexual conduct charge for Nexus worker
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 10:13
John Michael Packard, 29, an employee of Mille Lacs Academy in Onamia, was charged with criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree after a client at the facility said the two had inappropriate contact.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs District Court, a Mille Lacs County investigator was told by a student at the Academy that Packard had touched him inappropriately, asked him to expose himself, and allowed him to view inappropriate material on his computer.Packer admitted that the boy had touched him inappropriately and that he may have touched the boy inappropriately over his clothing, the complaint states. The maximum penalty for criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree is 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.
Mille Lacs Academy Acts on Allegations of Inappropriate Staff Behavior
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 13:36
Mille Lacs Academy released this statement on Tuesday, July 12: "In response to recent allegations of inappropriate staff behavior with a youth in residence at the Academy, Mille Lacs Academy administration took immediate, appropriate action to investigate and report the incident to proper authorities, including state and local agencies and law enforcement. Swift action was taken by MLA administration to ensure the continued safety of all youth in the Academy’s care. Due to confidentiality constraints, the names of the parties involved and the details related to the investigation cannot be released."