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Lawsuit over rape in mental health housing ends in settlement

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WENATCHEE — Lawyers have settled a lawsuit accusing Columbia Valley Community Health of failing to protect a mental health client from rape by a staff counselor in 2008.

The nonprofit health service would have faced trial April 14 over claims it was negligent in hiring Stephen A. Pasion, 39, accused of repeatedly having sex with the patient while he was the sole overnight staff member at CVCH’s Stabilization House respite center.

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