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PRICE — A woman who worked at facilities that assist people with disabilities has been arrested and accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old client, according to police.
Hannah Grace Coronado Hauser, 23, of Helper, was booked into the Carbon County Jail on Wednesday for investigation of three counts of rape and forcible sexual abuse.
An investigation began on Oct. 5, when the director of North Eastern Services contacted police "to report possible sexual abuse between an NES client and a staff member," a police booking affidavit states.
One of Hauser's duties was to accompany a 16-year-old resident, who has autism and suffers from a traumatic brain injury, "at school to make sure he stays on track and stays out of trouble," the affidavit states, adding that the boy is unable to make rational decisions.
A Carbon County sheriff's deputy noted in the affidavit that the victim was a client of North Eastern Services at the time police took the report, but during one of the alleged incidents of abuse he was a client with Chrysalis, another facility in Price.
When interviewed by detectives, the boy said Hauser "supplied him and his friends with vapes and nicotine products" and he showed investigators videos on his phone of him opening packages of vaping material in Hauser's car, the affidavit states.
He then disclosed sexual encounters with Hauser at her residence three times in September, twice during the boy's school lunch period, and once when he was supposed to be in class, according to the affidavit.
The boy was able to describe Hauser's residence and even draw a layout of the home, according to police, as well as provide details of some of the items inside. He also told detectives about a tattoo on Hauser's upper hip.
When questioned by police on Wednesday, Hauser admitted to supplying vaping products and committing one sexual act with the boy at a different location, according to the affidavit. But she denied bringing the boy to her home. When confronted about how the boy knew the layout of her house and the fact she had a tattoo on her upper hip, Hauser came up with other reasons, according to police.
The deputy who arrested Hauser noted in the affidavit that while Hauser was being questioned, she was "very deceitful. She would not answer questions directly, she would bring up issues with other staff when asked questions regarding her behavior. When asked how many times she and (the boy) had intercourse, Hannah advised she wanted an attorney," the arrest report says.
North Eastern Services is a company that helps "people with disabilities live rich, rewarding lives," according to its website. It issued a prepared statement on Friday regarding the incident:
"Our goal as a community provider is to operate a safe workplace for our residents. We are horrified that one of our staff allegedly took devious steps to endanger one of our residents. Both the staff and the resident in question had only recently moved from another provider in Price when we discovered and reported this. We are actively working and cooperating with the authorities to help further the investigation. The employee has long since been terminated. This was an isolated incident, the safety and security of our residents is and always has been our top priority."
Chrysalis is a company that provides care for children with autism and other intellectual disabilities, according to its website. The company did not immediately respond to KSL.com's request for comment.