Former employee of Kansas youth facility arrested for sex crimes

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A 39-year-old man has been arrested for numerous sex crimes involving children at a youth facility in Salina. 

Saline County Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Ascher said Nathaniel McEachin was arrested Monday for rape, aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated indecent liberties, sexual exploitation of a child, electronic solicitation of a child, kidnapping, aggravated intimidation of a witness and unlawful sexual relations. 

Lt.. Ascher said McEachin was employed at Saint Francis Ministries until early May and that the alleged incidents involve four girls between the ages of 14 through 17 who were Saint Francis care.

According to its website, Saint Francis Ministries provides foster care, adoption, family preservation and kinship services to more than 3,700 children statewide. 

Saint Francis Ministries sent the following statement to the Salina Post:

Saint Francis Ministries is aware that law enforcement officials have launched an investigation into allegations of professional misconduct by a former staff member of our Salina West facility and that an arrest has been made. We are cooperating fully with the official investigation, as well as conducting our own internal review.

Saint Francis goes to great lengths to hire highly qualified staff and provide ongoing training and supervision. Every employee undergoes a thorough background check by law enforcement, as well as a background check conducted by our staff. In this case, background checks produced no red flags that would have precluded this staff member’s employment.

“The safety and well-being of all the youth in our care is paramount, and we take every allegation very seriously,” said The Very Reverend Robert N, Smith, Dean, President and CEO of Saint Francis Ministries. “We continue to work with the youth in this case to ensure any physical, emotional and spiritual needs are being met. We have already taken steps to reinforce our training procedures and protocols with staff to prevent any future allegations of this nature.”

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