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Former Parmadale mentor sentenced as a sexual predator
Woman admitted to sexual encounters with two girls placed at the treatment center
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
In The Region:

A former worker at a residential treatment center for troubled teens was sentenced today to 44 years in prison for sexual encounters with 13- and 15-year-old girls at the center. 

Thirty-four-year-old Cossondra Goodson pleaded guilty last month to a dozen charges, including sexual battery. She was a strength coach and mentor at the Parmadale Institute, and prosecutors say she sought out vulnerable victims and molested them over a period of years.

During her sentencing, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Astrab called Goodson a predator. 

Parmadale was operated by Catholic Charities for 90 years.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services put it on probation in 2013 after the sexual abuse surfaced, and the agency announced in January that it was closing.

 

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