Documents to follow.
Some readers may remember the name Patrick W. Desmond. Patrick was a 28 year old young man with an alcohol problem who died while under the care of Narconon of Georgia. Critics first became aware of Patrick's death in 2008. See http://groups.google.com/group/alt.religion.scientology/browse_thread/thread/de38ffe911ddc28e
As the result of a 2007 DUI, Patrick was mandated to residential treatment by a drug court in Brevard County, Florida. His family researched drug treatment options on the internet, found Narconon and contacted Narconon of Georgia, for more information. Allegedly, Narconon staff members including the Executive Director, Mary Rieser, represented Narconon of Georgia to the Desmond family and to the Drug Court Manager, Lisa Mooty, as a residential treatment program that provided monitoring of clients at all times.
In fact, Narconon of Georgia is licensed only to operate as an outpatient drug treatment program and is specifically restricted to providing treatment in a non-residential setting
Critics kept Patrick's memory alive with candlelight vigils
, until they discovered that a personal injury and wrongful death civil suit had been filed in DeKalb County. The lawsuit alleges that Patrick was allowed to leave poorly supervised, off-campus housing, introduced to heroin for the first time and ultimately overdosed resulting in his death.
Patrick's family and friends loved him dearly. As we wait for the conclusion of this case, we hope, as they do, for justice to be done.http://www2.mem.com/apps/movie/ViewMovie.aspx?id=10737173
Case number:10A28641. The docket is found at http://www.ojs.dekalbga.org/