Baker City youth center employee charged for sex abuse

Erica D. Hylton is accused of touching an underage boy

A gavel (Public Domain Photos, George Hodan)
A gavel (Public Domain Photos, George Hodan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Prosecutors allege that an employee at a Baker City youth treatment center sexually abused one of the center’s clients.

Erica D. Hylton was charged in Baker County on Tuesday with one count of third-degree sexual abuse and second-degree custodial sexual misconduct.

The DA’s Office says Hylton was employed at a youth treatment center in the county and that she allegedly touched the penis of a person who was receiving treatment as part of his conditional release agreement.

The treatment center, and Hylton, as part of her employment duties, was responsible for supervising the youth while he was on conditional release.

New Directions Northwest Inc., which run the Elkhorn Adolescent Treatment Cente, where Hylton was employed, declined to comment on the allegations. Marji Lind, M.Coun, the center’s clinical director, confirmed Hylton is no longer employed with the agency.

Attempts to reach Hylton for comment on Wednesday were not immediately successful.

A court date has not been set.