3 former Berkeley Heights special needs staff arrested for failure to report suspected abuse and neglect


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HAGERSTOWN (WDVM) — Three former Berkeley Heights Elementary special education staff members: June Yurish, 57, Kristin Douty, 54, and Christina Lester, 38 were arrested by the Martinsburg Police Department Friday morning.

According to a release, the three face misdemeanor charges for failure to report suspected abuse and neglect. The arrests were made after further investigation after an incident was reported in October 2018 by parent Amber Pack, who had her daughter Adri enrolled at Berkeley Heights Elementary School at the time.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said, “If you’re in a position of authority and if abuse occurs, you actually have to report that information into the state.”

The three, special education teacher Christina Lester along with two former aides, June Yurish and Kristin Douty were transported to the Eastern Regional Jail and were arraigned.

Ben Salango, lawyer for Amber and Adri Pack, would not let them speak on camera. But said, even though it has taken months, they are happy for this day to come.

The civil complaint further alleges that Berkeley Heights Principal Amber Boeckmann and Berkeley County Deputy Superintendent Margaret Kursey actively tried to obscure evidence.

The complaint goes on to say, that the Deputy Superintendent gave an order to destroy a recording of the verbal abuse and failed to report the matter to child protective services.

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