2 former Glen Mills counselors charged with assaulting teen

Authorities say the 17-year-old was hit in the head, power-slammed to the floor and choked.

Steve Tawa
September 07, 2018 - 6:45 pm
Glen Mills Assault

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MEDIA, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- Two former counselors at a Delaware County reform school have been charged with assault in connection with an incident with a 17-year old student. They’ve also been fired from the Glen Mills Schools for Boys. 

Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland alleges the 17-year-old was hit in the head, power-slammed to the floor and choked, during which he repeatedly told Glen Mills counselors, "I can't breathe." 

"We entrusted the care of a juvenile to these two defendants," Copeland said, "and rather than care for him, they literally beat the breath out of him."

One of the counselors is 6'4" and 300 pounds. 

Copeland says it happened on July 19, during a group therapy session involving about 25-boys, after the victim had words with another student. Pennsylvania State Police Lieutenant James Hennigan says the counselors were the aggressors. The confrontation was caught on surveillance video.

Hennigan, commander at the Media Station, says the fired counselors, 31-year old Christopher Medina and 34-year old Patrick Raquet face charges that include aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of children.

The Glen Mills School is the oldest reform school in the country, housing nearly 400 boys who committed crimes and are sent to private placements. Nearly 40% of them are from Philadelphia.

The repercussions from the incident are many - the City of Philadelphia and Delaware County juvenile courts have put a hold any referrals to Glen Mills, pending the outcome of an abuse investigation by Pennsylvania State Police and the Philadelphia Department of Human Services.