A drug and alcohol counselor in Oklahoma has been arrested and is now facing a lawsuit for spanking two underage clients at the counseling service where he worked. David Wayne Cunningham was convicted of assault and battery and sentenced to pay fines after the claims came to light. Now his victims are seeking damages from him, and the company he worked for at the time, 21 Days 2 Change.
Billing itself as “private mental health agency who provides counseling services to a wide variety of people within the community,” the two victims were under care at 21 Days 2 Change at the time of the abuse. Both teenagers were ordered by court to attend counseling services after getting in trouble with the law. One of the victims said Cunningham “took him to an unknown residence and struck him on the rear with a wood paddle and leather belt on several occasions,” according to court documents.
In fact, his 2015 arrest was not the first time the corporal punishment-loving counselor got in trouble. In 2011 he was brought up on disciplinary charges and lost his state social workers license. The lawsuit states 21 Days 2 Change failed to properly train and supervise Cunningham and “conduct a proper background check,” and that neither had “proper certification/s required by law to provide the counseling services” to the victims. The victims are asking for compensation for physical and emotional damages.
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