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DA: Local recovery facility named in lawsuit will be investigated

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Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier has reviewed the lawsuit filed against the Excelsior House and said he expects there to be an investigation.

KPLC reported Tuesday three former residents of the facility for recovering addicts have filed suit against its operators alleging sexual harassment.

Excelsior House at 3740 Kirkman St. is a place for men with drug or alcohol addictions to come to make a transition to clean living.

"I know there will be an investigation into it," DeRosier said. "In the event that some of the allegations would prove to be accurate, then there could result from that criminal charges."

Attorney Ron Richard has said the young men suffered severe, repeated unwanted sexual advances and has asked for a criminal investigation to be opened.

Richard said the three men suing Excelsior House said they were there on a voluntary basis and all three have left the facility.

DeRosier suggested people who use such facilities check their certifications.

"I have cautioned the courts about utilization of facilities that are not certified on a national level, first of all, and that are not supervised or regulated in some form or fashion by the Department of Corrections," DeRosier said. "This office will not recommend any facility of that type that is not certified and regulated by and have some oversight by DOC."

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