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Sex Abuse Alleged at Rehab Program

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News Channel 8
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The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Nine women have been removed from a drug rehab program in Pinellas Park amid allegations that the director pressured residents to engage in sex acts, News Channel 8 reports. At least two women say they fled the Simply Hope facility, even though leaving meant violating their probation, to get away from director Ray Harris. 

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