A former youth instructor at the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center was sentenced to 90 days in jail Tuesday for having sex with three teens she worked to rehabilitate at the facility.
Amber Harris, 34, of Stablegate Court in Fairfield, pleaded guilty in August to two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and one charge of sexual battery. She has been declared a Tier III sexual offender, which means she will have to register with the sheriff’s office every 90 days for the rest of her life, and was placed on five years probation and ordered to successfully complete the Substance Abuse/Mental Illness Court (SAMI) program upon her release from jail, according to court officials.
The incidents occurred in March 2011 and June 2011, according to court documents. The three teens involved were 15 and 16 at the time, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Craft.
Harris held several jobs at the juvenile rehab center from October 2005 to July 2011 before being terminated for poor attendance. At the time of her firing, Harris was a part-time youth leader, according to Rob Clevenger, juvenile court administrator.
Officials did not learn of the inappropriate relationships until June of this year when a juvenile detention center employee over heard two incarcerated juveniles talking about the incidents, Craft said.
Court officials reported the information to sheriff’s office and an investigation began. Harris reportedly cooperated with the investigation, but before the case could be presented directly for consideration by a grand jury, she pleaded guilty to a bill of information to avoid any additional charges.
“We did a lot of interviews and made sure we could prove our case before we talked with her,” Craft.
By Lauren Pack - Hamilton JournalNews, Ohio (MCT)
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