I-Team: Therapist accused of sexually assaulting 15-year-old student with autism; detectives seek possible victims

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A behavioral therapist at the Las Vegas Crescent Academy is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy who has autism, North Las Vegas police told the I-Team.

Police issued a news release on Thursday, saying officers had arrested Amy Gabriela Villarreal, 29.

Crescent Academy describes itself online as a community-based behavioral treatment program for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Detectives said Villarreal worked at two other centers for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including the Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD) in Las Vegas and the Hamilton Center Mental Health Clinic in Henderson.

Investigators said they believe there may be other victims due to the circumstances of working with a vulnerable population, they said.

As of Friday, Villarreal was charged with two counts of sexual assault, one count of lewdness with a minor, and one count of child abuse.

The I-Team reached out to all three schools for comment.

“We are aware and concerned,” leaders at the Hamilton Center responded. “We take all allegations seriously and are cooperating fully with authorities.”

A spokesperson for CARD said Villarreal has not worked for them since 2019. They said she passed a background check before her employment.

Our top priority is to ensure a safe and secure environment for our patients and families, and we have stringent safety policies and protocols in place to help keep our patients safe,” the CARD spokesperson said. “We are grateful for the work of the North Las Vegas Police Department and stand ready to assist in any ongoing investigation efforts.”

Crescent Academy where Villarreal, where according to police, Villarreal is a current employee, did not respond.

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