VERIFICATION OF PAYMENT TO VICTIM BT ODYSSEY HOUSE FOR SEXUAL ABUSE
EXCLUSIVE- DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAM ODYSSEY HOUSE “Provide Sex or You Go Back to Jail", By Robert Paisola for CNNIREPORT
May 7, 2008
For Immediate Release
Los Angeles, California
BY ROBERT PAISOLA- CNNIREPORT
The Odyssey House Adult Treatment Program of Salt Lake City UTAH
is a Utah Based private, non-profit program that provides treatment of drug and alcohol addiction, emotional problems, and anti-social behavior. Odyssey House was opened in 1971 and is a major diversonary source for Utah Courts to sentence offenders who present themselves with Drug Abuse and Mental Health issues.
All of that is now in question as investigators are looking into an alleged "Sex of Completion" deals that have been made to female attendees at this program.
The Odyssey house Program is almost entirely based upon court ordered treatment. Individuals are permitted to go through the odyssey house program as an alternative to being incarcerated.
This reporter has interviewed several females who were forced to attend the Odyssey House Program and were told very explicitly that in order to complete the program that they would have to complete sexual acts with senior members of the Odyssey House Staff including the Director of Adolescent Services, Albert Nieto.
Albert Nieto is listed on the Odyssey House Website as a senior manager of the program and multiple recorded voice messages and text messages that have been seen by this reporter clearly indicate the "Sex for Completion Certificate" protocol was not simply aberrant conduct.
A victim we spoke to who wished to remain anonymous because of her pending legal against Odyssey House and their Insurance Companies, stated that she was a victim of rape at a young age, and has underwent many types of therapy.
However when approached by Nieto, she was told that if she did not comply with his sexual demands, that she would be pulled from the program and placed in jail. “It’s Your Choice” she said
We learned tonight that inmates at the Odyssey House Program whom are still active are being pulled from group and individual therapy and are being interrogated by staff members on this issue.
We made multiple attempts to contact the executives of Odyssey House including Glen Lambert, Mr. Eric Schmidt, the Director, Adam Cohen, the Director of Administration and Brad Garvin, the Director of Outpatient Services.
Robert Paisola or CNNIReport did not receive a call back from any of the parties.
Odyssey House receives funding from: Salt Lake County Division of Substance Abuse Services, Utah County Division of Substance Abuse, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services, Utah Division of Child and Family Services and United Way. Odyssey House is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
We are following this story very closely and will keep you advised (including the text messages and voice mails) on this site.
If you are a victim of Odyssey House in Utah and have been treated in a similar way, please contact Robert Paisola at 801-671-7843
Odyssey House is located at:
Odyssey House Inc
607 East 200 South
Salt Lake City UT,
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