Kelvin Perry / photo from Schaumburg police
A north suburban Lake Villa children’s home is being sued after a staff member was charged with having sex with a former teenage resident.
Joann Martin, a foster parent of the unidentified girl, filed a negligence lawsuit Monday in Cook County Circuit Court against the Allendale Association, at 600 Grand Ave. in Lake Villa.
The girl lived at Allendale from about June 2012 through January 2014 after she was removed from her biological father’s home and became a ward of the state, according to the lawsuit.
Kelvin Perry, a program director, allegedly sexually assaulted the girl throughout the duration of her stay at Allendale and even after she was discharged, according to the suit and previous Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The suit alleges the staff member had “unfettered and unsupervised access to the girls.”
In February, the 51-year-old Perry, of Waukegan, was arrested after the 16-year-old girl told her foster mother and police that she went to Woodfield Mall to meet Perry, and engaged in a sex act with him in his vehicle, according to previous reports.
He allegedly confessed to police about an ongoing inappropriate relationship with the girl.
Perry was charged with one count of criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, both felonies, Schaumburg police said at the time. He has two previous felony convictions for driving on a suspended driver’s license.
He was ordered held on $250,000 bond and is next scheduled to appear in court July 1, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.
The Allendale Association, the lawsuit claims, failed to adequately supervise the staff member and thereby prevent him from developing a sexual relationship with the girl; failed to observe clear and convincing signs that the staff member committed sexual misconduct against the girl; and, among other things, failed to conduct a proper background check.
The two-count lawsuit claims negligence and willful and wanton misconduct against the Allendale Association. Martin is seeking at least $100,000 in damages.
The Allendale Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides education, care and treatment for troubled children, youth and their families, according to its website.
A representative from the children’s home could not be immediately reached for comment Monday afternoon.