Former Pinellas County Juvenile Detention Officer Accused of Having Sex with Inmates
A former Juvenile Justice Detention Officer is accused of having sexual relations with juvenile male inmates.
The 27-year-old allegedly had sexual interactions with at least three 17-year-old victims who were inmates at the Juvenile Justice Detention Center in Pinellas County. The facility is run by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
According to investigators, the man was grooming his victims, bribing them with food and money in exchange for sexual acts.
The man would allegedly enter inmate’s cells multiple times throughout his overnight shifts and bring them food items, such as subs and hot chocolate. Investigators say the man would also bribe the inmates by allowing them to use his cell phone.
The man is charged with sexual battery and introduction of contraband.
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