Mother suing Guthrie living center

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GUTHRIE, Okla. -- There are new allegations cropping up against a Guthrie living center already under fire.

In May, the maintenance man at Westview Living Center, Gerald Perry, was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting several female residents.

The mother of one of those girls has filed a lawsuit and says this isn't the first time this has happened at Westview.

Becky White is understandably upset over what happened to her daughter and she says she never would have placed her at Westview if she'd known this very same thing had happened before.

"This gentleman went into her room, and locked the doors behind him and had his way with her and nobody knew it?  That's unacceptable," said White.

Her 26-year-old daughter functions on the level of a nine-year-old and called her mom one day to tell her the maintenance man had sexually assaulted her.

"I was so shook up.  I didn't know what to do.  I you know you're in shock, total shock," said White.

Police were called and ended up arresting Perry and discovering there could be at least four more victims.

White is now suing Westview Living Center and all administrators and owners.

"We're not there to protect her. That's what they're supposed to do. And it appalls me that they can't do that," said White.

 White's attorney, Jeff Marr, says their investigation into the center has turned up a shocking history.

"Prior rapes, prior molestations, prior convictions. There are people in prison right now for rape by instrumentation at this facility," said Marr.

Ronald Bolton, a former Westview employee, is currently incarcerated for rape by instrumentation after he raped a resident at Westview back in 2006.

White was unaware of that conviction.

"No and that was a shock because if this has happened before, then they don't care. That's what it tells me - they don't care," she said. "I want to know where the state was. I want to know why this facility wasn't being watched more closely. Where was the management?" said Marr.

White's daughter is now home with her.

White says she's not the same since the molestation.

She hopes this lawsuit ensures that this doesn't happen to another family.

"We can't be there. And we're putting our families lives in their care," said White. 

 David McPhail, lead counsel for Westview Living Center, said he was not authorized to comment at this time because the case is in litigation.

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