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State Suspends Admissions To Durham Group Home

Posted July 16, 2002 5:27 a.m. EDT

— No one else can be admitted to a Durham group home in the middle of a sex scandal. On Tuesday, the state ordered the Glenn School IRT to stop admissions after four people were arrested.

Deputies in Durham County say workers at the group home for mentally ill children made the kids watch while they had sex with prostitutes. Investigators also say the employees paid prostitutes to have sex with them.

David Blue and Latrina Battle were arrested Monday night and made their first court appearance Tuesday morning. Both Blue and Battle, along with Eddie Holden and Robert Garrison, face more than a dozen charges each, ranging from crimes against nature to statutory rape to indecent liberties with a a child.

Blue is being held on $360,000 bond, and Battle is being held on $420,000 bond. Authorities said Blue is a cousin of one of the counselors charged and both he and Battle did not work at the home. Garrison and Holden turned themselves in to authorities on Tuesday.

Garrison and Holden worked as counselors at the Glenn School IRT, located in northeastern Durham county. Garrison had been at the group home for a year while Holden had been there only six months.

Investigators say all four forced four boys at the group home to watch them have sex. The boys, ages 12-17, also claim workers paid prostitutes to have sex with them.

Investigators said the counselors from the home have denied they exposed the boys to prostitutes. They are currently on administrative leave. Sheriff's deputies tell WRAL the incidents happened over a period of time between February and May at the group home.

Two of the boys still live at the home, another has moved home and a fourth has moved to a different facility.

The Glenn School was first licensed in 1999. Since then, numerous complaints have been filed against the school. In the last 6 months, sheriff's deputies have gotten dozens of calls to that address, complaints ranging from loud music to needing an escort.

WRAL tried to contact someone at the group home and officials with American Human Services, but was unable to reach anyone.