The Ottumwa Courier

October 24, 2012

Settlement reached in Oliver lawsuit


Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — The plaintiffs in the case of John Doe and Elizabeth Barker vs. Woodlands Treatment Center, Diane Oliver and John Escorcia pending in Wapello County have announced that the lawsuit has been settled and was dismissed.

On Tuesday, the law firm of Denefe, Gardner & Zingg, P.C., released a statement which said: “A mutual undisclosed settlement has been reached by the parties to this lawsuit brought on behalf of John Doe and Elizabeth Barker against Woodlands Treatment Center of Burlington, Iowa, its director John Escorcia and former employee Diane Oliver.

“The plaintiffs in this lawsuit are satisfied with the settlement reached based on the facts alleged in the Petition filed on their behalf against these defendants.”

Oliver is a former therapist at Woodlands Treatment Center. One of Oliver’s clients was a then-17-year-old male from Ottumwa. Oliver and the teen began a sexual relationship while he was at the facility, one that continued when he returned home.

Oliver was later convicted of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist in November 2009.