A Sweetser employee — who has since been let go from his job — is facing charges stemming from an alleged assault on a juvenile that was reported to police Sunday night, Sept. 4.

Robert J. Morrison Jr., 31, of Belfast was summoned on charges of assault and obstructing the report of a crime or injury following the reported incident at the Sweetser campus off Route 3. According to records at the Belfast Police Department, the alleged assault occurred around 9:30 p.m.

“There was a confrontation between [Morrison] and one of the residents,” said Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham.

Cunningham said Morrison pushed the resident — a juvenile — on more than one occasion during the course of the alleged altercation.

Such actions, said Cunningham, go against Sweetser’s policy that governs how to restrain a youth who has become physically abusive toward staff members.

“Any type of restraint is supposed to be done with multiple people so no one gets hurt,” said Cunningham.

When another Sweetser staff member saw the confrontation and said they were going to call police, Cunningham said Morrison unplugged the phone. That alleged action prompted the obstruction charge.

The juvenile who was involved in the alleged assault was not injured. Morrison, said Cunningham, has since been relieved of his duties at Sweetser. The detective was unsure how long Morrison had worked at Sweetser.

According to its website, Sweetser is “one of Maine’s most comprehensive behavioral healthcare organizations for children, adults and families,” which offers services to address “emotional disturbances, mental illnesses, behavioral disorders and learning disabilities through a network of educational programs, preventive services, community-support services, residential homes and outpatient services.”

Sweetser has locations in 75 Maine communities, including a residential campus and a school in Belfast.