Sweetser staffer accused of assaulting juvenile resident

Posted Sept. 07, 2011, at 5:05 a.m.

BELFAST, Maine — A Sweetser employee lost his job and is facing charges after a juvenile resident of the child welfare and behavioral health organization reported to police Sunday night that the man had assaulted him.

Robert J. Morrison Jr., 31, of Belfast, was issued a summons for assault and for obstructing report of a crime or injury, according to Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department.

One of the residents told police that Morrison had assaulted him at 9:30 p.m. Sunday during a confrontation.

Another staff member that saw the confrontation told Morrison that they were going to alert the police, Cunningham said. Morrison then unplugged the phone, which triggered the charge of obstruction.

Cunningham said that the man is no longer working at the facility.

Sweetser, a Saco-based organization, has locations in 75 Maine communities, including a school and residential campus in Belfast.

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