Police File Charges Against 2 Buckeye Ranch Employees Accused Of Assaulting Teen
Two employees at The Buckeye Ranch in Grove City are being investigated after a teenager told a Grove City police officer that the employees "ran him into a wall head first."
Robert Hoover, 27, and Walter Hooks, 42, were both charged with assault in connection with the alleged incident.
Investigators say there is video evidence that shows excessive force was used.
The 14-year-old is a partial custodial student at Buckeye Ranch, located at 5665 Hoover Road. The incident allegedly happened on July 18.
The teen’s mother says she was informed by Buckeye Ranch staff that her son was being restrained by staff members and did have bruising on his face and that there was video surveillance of the incident.
According to the police report, the teen’s mother said he had bruising on his right temple, right cheek, the bridge of his nose and swelling on his right jaw and scratches on the left side of his neck.
The teen told police that it happened shortly after he was separated from an altercation with another juvenile, according to the report.
Police say the alleged incident happened when the alleged victim was trying to harm himself with a string around his neck.
The child's mother took him to Nationwide Children's Hospital to be assessed, according to the report.
Nick Rees, the president and CEO of Buckeye Ranch, said that both employees were immediately suspended after the incident and were fired on Wednesday morning.
He said that it was an unfortunate situation and that both employees handled the situation with the child outside of Buckeye Ranch’s restraint policies.
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