Lawsuit accuses rehab facility of negligent hiring in sex abuse case


February 10, 2017

ST. PAUL — A Minnesota behavioral health company that hired a man who has since been convicted of sexual abuse at an East Grand Forks residential treatment center knew he had a history of criminal sexual conduct before putting him in charge, according to a civil suit filed in Ramsey County.

Bruce Biddlecome, former director of Douglas Place Treatment Center, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult, a gross misdemeanor, in May 2016 after admitting to engaging in sexual acts with a center resident in 2014. He was sentenced to serve five months in jail.


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