ROANOKE, Va. – Lawyers for immigrant teens who allege severe abuse inside a Virginia detention center plan to push ahead with a federal civil rights lawsuit even though two of the teens have returned to their home countries and a third no longer wants to be part of the case.
A lawyer suing the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center said Tuesday they expect a fourth teen with similar allegations to join the case.
The Associated Press reported last month on sworn statements from Latino teens who alleged being beaten while handcuffed, locked up for long periods in solitary confinement and left nude and shivering in concrete cells.
Shenandoah's lawyers have denied the allegations. They asked U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Dillon to postpone a hearing scheduled for September to give them time to investigate the fourth teen's claims.