Man Leading Disability Program in Riverside County Arrested for Abuse, Gender Counter – Press Enterprise

A former director of programs for adults with developmental disabilities in Riverside County was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 25, after allegations of sexual abuse and abuse of addicted adults were raised, the Riverside Police Department said.

Alan Clyde Schwerdt, 71, served as director of the Career Development Institute in Riverside as well as director of Ability Counts in Corona, police said.

It is alleged that the crimes took place while Schwerdt was director of the Career Development Institute between 2015 and 2020, said Officer Ryan Railsback, spokesman for the police department. It was not immediately known if any similar crimes took place at Ability Counts, Railsback said.

Nor was it immediately clear how long he served as director of the programs.

The allegations became known in 2021, police said.

Ability Counts could not be immediately reached for comment. The career development institute has now been closed down, the police inform.

Anyone with information to assist with the investigation was asked to contact Detective Melissa Brazil at 951-353-7950 or at MBrazil@RiversideCA.gov.

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