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As we have said previously, we are shocked and horrified by the events involving Steve Stephens, especially the tragic murder of Mr. Godwin. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones during this time of grief.

Beech Brook is cooperating fully with law enforcement in its investigation. Our offices were closed on Monday, April 17, out of concern for the safety of our staff, clients and visitors to our sites. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 18 will additional security measures place so that we can continue serving the children and families who need our services

We have had many questions about Mr. Stephens’ role at Beech Brook. He was hired in 2008 as a youth mentor. In 2015, he became a vocational specialist for our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team for youth and young adults. Beech Brook has terminated Mr. Stephens’ employment, effective April 17, 2017. He will not be permitted to enter any Beech Brook facility.

Beech Brook conducts extensive background checks on all employees, including Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) record checks. Checks on Mr. Stephens did not reveal any criminal activity. While an employee, he received corrective action notes related to incomplete paperwork and missed appointments, but no disciplinary actions related to harassment, threats of violence or other misconduct.

Beech Brook is grateful to law enforcement for their work on this case. Any questions about the criminal investigation should be directed to the authorities.

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