Palm Coast Child Specialist at Rehab Center for Adolescents Arrested on Molestation Charges
FlaglerLive | August 29, 2012
Corey Hodges, 34, a resident of 36 Barrington Drive in Palm Coast, was arrested by the Flagler and Volusia sheriff’s offices Tuesday on charges of lewd or lascivious molestation and conduct stemming from interaction with teen-age girls at Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare, where Hodges worked. Stewart-Marchman fired Hodges. The charges are the result of a complaint by a 15-year-old girl, a client at the center’s Residential Adolescent Program, where Hodges had started working in February.
But several girls the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office investigators interviewed at the center related that Hodges would ask them for hugs, make sexually suggestive comments about their bodies, and allegedly forced one girl to stand naked before him. Surveillance cameras at the center also showed Hodges going into one of the girls’ rooms, against center policy.
The investigation began on Aug. 7 when a Volusia deputy was dispatched to Stewart-Marchman’s Tiger Bay Road center, where one girl there had told another that she had been sexually assaulted by a staff member. The child was interviewed by Department of Children and Families investigator Theodora Williams. According to a police report, she told Williams that “she was touched inappropriately several times” by Hodges, who on July 27 allegedly entered her room “and proceeded to touch her buttocks, breasts and between her legs outside of her clothing, and then kissed her.” Surveillance video showed him going into the room. The incident was repeated the following day, according to the report, with Hodges ordering the girl out of bed in the morning even though she was wearing only a t-shirt and underwear. The same child broke a finger playing football. When Hodges was bringing the child back from Halifax hospital (against company policy, which requires female staffers to transport female patients), he touched her thigh, and asked her to lift her shorts. He stopped when she told him he was making her uncomfortable.
The same girl told investigators that while she did not believe that Hodges had touched other girls, he would “drop things and make her roommate  pick them up, and watch her,” the report states. When the girl got back to the program, “other girls told her that Mr. Hodges was a pervert and that they caught him staring at another girl’s butt,” the report states.
DCF’s investigation triggered several other interviews with girls at the center. In one case, a girl reported that Hodges told her he would beat up the guy she was dating because he was jealous, the investigative report states, and that he and the girl “would hang out on the ‘outs’ and he would take care of her when she was out there.” He made mention to her of becoming “legal” when she turned 18. He dropped a basketball and had her pick it up even though she’d told him she was not wearing a bra. But she did not report inappropriate touching.
Hodges denied the allegations. He said that he’d taken one girl to the hospital because female staff members had refused to do so, according to the report. He said he’d gone into the girl’s room, against policy, “because he could not see her and he had to make sure she was alive,” the report states. He was given the opportunity to take a computer voice-stress analysis. Hodges, on advice from his attorney, declined.
Investigators also interviewed a 14-year-old girl going through heroin withdrawal, and who’d been at the center since March 17. Early in her recovery, she had been naked because it was particularly hot when Hodges went into her rom and told her to get up because it was time to eat. The girl told Hodges “she was naked and tried to put blanket on and he said drop the blanket,” according to the report. The victim didn’t think much of the incident until she heard of the one involving the older girl.
Hodges allegedly told an 18-year-old patient that she should be a stripper, and that she should be his “sugar mama” just as he could be her “sugar daddy,” the report states. At the gym, he asked the girl to go through revealing routines.
On Monday, investigators with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office’s Sex Crimes Unit obtained an arrest warrant for Hodges. He was arrested Tuesday by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach, where he’s being held on $60,000 bond.
Any other victims or anyone with information about Hodges is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office’s Sex Crimes Unit at (386) 323-3574.