Treatment Center Worker Charged with Having Sex, Giving Drugs to Patient

A staff person at a Grand Rapids treatment center for adolescents has been charged after allegedly having sex with a juvenile patient and providing the teen with drugs. 

30-year-old Melanie Peterson is charged with three counts of felony First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, Third Degree Sale of a Controlled Substance, Fourth Degree Sale of a Controlled Substance, Fourth Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance, Deprivation of Custodial or Parental Rights and one count of gross misdemeanor Contributing to the delinquency of a Minor. 

The charges stem from Peterson allegedly assisting a 15-year-old male to run away from the Northland Recovery Adolescent Unit in Grand Rapids on April 26. 

Peterson then let the teen stay in her apartment, where she allegedly had sex with him at least three times and provided him with controlled substances.  All of the alleged crimes took place the night of April 26. 

Peterson was employed as a staff member at the Northland Recovery Unit at the time of the alleged offenses. 

Peterson made her first appearance in Itasca County Court on Thursday.  Bail was set at $100,000 without conditions, or $50,000 with conditions.   The conditions include no alcohol or drug use, no contact with the victim, no unsupervised contact with males under the age of 18, remain law abiding and keep her court appearances and keep in contact with her attorney. 

Her next court appearance is scheduled for May 2. 

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