DULUTH, Minn. — A counselor at a Duluth facility that serves at-risk youth is accused of trading contraband for sex acts with teens.
Twenty-eight-year-old Mark David Painter appeared in court Friday on felony charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Bail was set at $150,000.
According to the complaint, Painter allegedly engaged in sex acts with five victims between ages 13 and 17 at The Hills Youth and Family Services over eight days this month.
WDIO-TV reports police learned of the allegations from youths who had run away from the facility. Juvenile residents overseen by Painter alleged he had created a system in which sex acts were traded for contraband, including cigarettes and tattoo ink.
Painter was immediately removed from the facility and placed on leave. He is no longer employed by The Hills.