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Youth Specialist charged with sexual abuse

WAVERLY (KWWL) -- A former employee at the Bremwood Lutheran Children's Home faces sexual abuse charges.

The Waverly Police Department is charging Derrick Christianson with inappropriate acts on a child at the Bremwood Facility in Waverly.

The home helps youth work through issues of abuse, delinquency, mental health and drug addiction. Christianson was a youth specialist. Authorities say this is especially difficult because kids come to this home to heal.

"I think it's extra tragic, because these kids come here to get therapy and to work through problems they have, and then to be victimized by the people that are supposed to help them is extra tragic," Troy Schneider of the Waverly Police Department said.

Christianson no longer works for Bremwood. His court date is pending.


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