Second lawsuit filed against addiction center, counselor

DOVER — A 30-year-old woman indicted last week for an alleged sexual relationship with an underage male she was counseling is now facing a second lawsuit, along with her former employer.

The lawsuit against Rebecca Q. Adams, whose last known address was Greenway Square Apartments in Dover, and Crossroads of Delaware was filed on behalf of a female minor child on Oct. 28 in New Castle County Superior Court in Wilmington.

Rebecca Adams

Rebecca Adams

Last week, a grand jury returned an indictment against Ms. Adams — also listed as Rebecca Q. Winters in documents — alleging 36 felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust, authority, or supervision, and two counts of misdemeanor possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor.

On Sept. 18, a lawsuit was filed on the behalf of an underage male against Ms. Adams and Crossroads after a Dover Police Department investigation led to an arrest and charges against the counselor who was reportedly terminated by her employer as allegations emerged.

Attempts to reach Crossroads of Delaware Executive Director Alberta Crowley, identified as Ms. Adams’ mother in the lawsuit, for comment were unsuccessful. No contact information for Ms. Adams, presumed innocent unless proven guilty, was available.

The second lawsuit claimed that Crossroads staff attempted to cover up alleged abuses including, but not limited to, falsifying records of urine tests, answering question’s from the child’s mother about her whereabouts, “purchasing marijuana and alcohol with and for (the plaintiff) for the purpose of using these substances together.

“Additionally, (the plaintiff) was offered narcotic prescription medicine (vicodin) by (Adams) on at least one occasion, which (the plaintiff) declined.”

Seeking help, support

According to the lawsuit, the female was sent to Crossroads in June 2015 by her mother “for the express purpose of getting help and support with drug use …”

The suit said Crossroads is a state contract holder allowed to “operate a facility with adolescent and juveniles who are involved in the Family Court system” but the minor was not ordered to attend by any Court “but was there on her own accord to help with a difficult course of adolescent drug use.”

The state of Delaware cut ties with Crossroads of Delaware when allegations against Ms. Adams were made in September.

In documents, the minor child was reported to be receiving counseling at Crossroads Milford location, with Ms. Adams assigned as her drug counselor. The suit claimed that Ms. Adams would pick up the child in the morning using a Crossroads van, and return her home at the end of the program day.

Other Crossroads employees interacting with the child were Ms. Crowley and two other staff members, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleged that the listed Crossroads employees “knew or should have known that there were serious causes of concern with the way Defendant Adams was interacting with” the plaintiff as well as the other students, patients and/or Crossroads clients.”

Also, the plaintiff “was given money, gifts, marijuana and liquor in an apparent attempt to buy her silence as to the true nature of the ‘services’ provided by Crossroads,” the lawsuit alleged.

The lawsuit claimed the plaintiff received virtually no services while at Crossroads and described a typical day there as “a complete sham as it related to drug counseling services.”

Damages sought

In papers, Ms. Adams was accused of allowing “the students, clients and/or patients to ‘play on their phones’ and sometimes take walks around or near the property, and that the complete dereliction of her duties was done in full view of, and with the actual and or constructive knowledge of, each and every other Crossroads employee.”

Also, the lawsuit alleged that “Adams actually purchased marijuana and alcohol for patients, clients, and/or students at Crossroads, and would sometimes even purchase marijuana from a particular juvenile who was also attending the program.”

The alleged purchases were made while a Crossroads van was being used for to and from transportation to homes, “as well as for other trips (such as to the Delaware beaches and boardwalk) that were of no benefit to any of the actual services (Adams) was contracted as an employee, agent, or apparent agent of Defendant Crossroads, to administer.”

The lawsuit said the plaintiff “was damaged in ways that will result in the need for long-term care and psychological services throughout her life as well as the short-term damage that she has been prevented from re-entering a normal school program as a result of the failure of the (Crossroads staff) with respect to her drug counseling and psychological services, further delaying the normalcy and assistance she specifically contracted with Crossroads to receive.”

The lawsuit seeks judgment against the defendants “for their special and general damages which they have incurred and will incur in the future, including pre-judgement interest, as well as punitive damages against all defendants for their grossly negligent, reckless and wanton conduct, in such amount as justice and the nature of the case require, together with interest and costs.”

The lawsuit was filed by Wilmington-based attorney Andrew C. Dalton, also representing the earlier plaintiff in the matter filed in September.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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