New York, NY- Several women have come forward alleging that the director of a drug-treatment facility, affiliated with San Diego, California’s Rock Church, sexually harassed them while they were seeking help for their drug addiction. Additionally, the women allege the director’s wife threatened them about making their claim’s public.

As is the case with most incidents of sexual harassment, the women allege that David Powers, made repeated inappropriate sexual comments, groped them and subjected them to intimidation while they were in treatment at ABC Sober Living, which has facilities throughout the San Diego area, and at their most vulnerable.

The lawsuit details the disturbing behavior one 20 year-old woman, who was seeking help for her heroin addiction, endured while in a 90-day recovery period. According to the suit, the harassment began soon after she entered the sober living program. One night when Powers drove her to her room, he asked her if she could feel the “sexual tension” between them. She quickly fled, but his pursuit did not end there and only got worse over a period of four months, eventually culminating in what many would consider to be a sexual assault.

One night as the woman was sleeping in her bed, she alleges that Powers came into her room and laid on top of her. He allegedly kissed her neck and touched her buttocks, according to NBC San Diego. He also engineered private dinners  and repeatedly showed up to her room unannounced and uninvited.

The harassment finally ended in a particularly disturbing incident which occurred in the back yard of one of Powers’ properties. According to Buzzfeed, Powers penetrated the young woman with his fingers, placed her hand on his penis and asked her to arouse him.

But she is not Powers’ only victim; one former employee said she could no longer work at the facility after witnessing numerous incidents of sexual harassment. Another woman said Powers found a way ” to touch me every single day,” and once walked into her room while she was nude and repeatedly slapped her buttocks. And a third victim alleges Powers would squeeze her breasts together.

The lawsuit contains a long list of incidents where Powers subjected women he was supposed to help to unwanted sexual behavior. One attorney representing the women described the atmosphere at the treatment facility as “cesspool of sex,” according to NBC San Diego.

Because Powers also handled grievances at program’s different locations, there was no one the sexual harassment could be reported to. The women also allege that Powers’ wife, Tina, threatened them about coming forward with their allegations.

Powers denies the allegations and said his company is a “high-profile target” in the community and that the lawsuit was an effort to “take us down.”

Abuse of power is a thread in sexual harassment cases; a vulnerable person or employee will often endure the behavior for month or even years before they complain or seek out a New York sexual harassment attorney. They may be afraid to come forward because they are fearful they will be subjected to retaliation or their allegations will be ignored.