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Aug 7, 2014 9:18 AM by Associated Press

Former group home resident sues, alleges abuse

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A former resident of a Northern California youth home that had its state license revoked following rape allegations has filed suit against operator EMQ FamiliesFirst.

The Sacramento Bee reported Thursday the lawsuit filed in Yolo Superior Court accuses the Campbell-based nonprofit of failing to care for and supervise its youth residents.

EMQ FamiliesFirst spokeswoman Eva Terrazas said the organization does not comment on active litigation.

The plaintiff, now 19, lived at the Davis location from 2008 to 2010. The lawsuit claims he was allegedly locked in a room overnight and deprived of a bed, food, water and a restroom. The newspaper says an investigation by the Department of Social Services later substantiated the claims.

The group home drew attention when police arrested two teenage residents on suspicion of raping an 11-year-old girl at a nearby park.

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