Eleven Detention Officers Disciplined Over Alleged Juvenile Sexual
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 10, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA--An investigation into allegations that a teenager with intellectual disabilities was repeatedly raped at a Tallahassee juvenile detention center -- by a convicted sex offender that guards had assigned to bathe, shower, clothe and change his diaper -- has led to disciplinary actions against 11 detention officers.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that Anthony Schembri, Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, fired six officers, demoted two others, reprimanded two more and suspended yet another. The actions came following claims made in a Florida Department of Juvenile Justice report alleging that guards at the 56-bed Leon Regional Juvenile Detention Center put 17-year-old Lee Donton in charge of taking care of the personal needs of a 15-year-old orphan at the facility.
The alleged victim, identified only as "Robert", reportedly weighs 300 pounds and has an IQ of 32. He was placed at the lock-up facility this past spring following his mother's death and after officials at Juvenile Justice, the Department of Children & Families and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities failed to find a suitable home for him.
Donton had been placed at the facility for a 2004 rape conviction. In July of this year, he was charged with two counts of sexual assaulting Robert. He is currently in a Tallahassee jail facing those charges.
The DJJ report showed that officers may have lied to investigators when asked whether Donton bathed or diapered Robert as many inmates had testified.
Schembri said that five officers identified in the report were not disciplined because they had already resigned or were fired.
"6 fired over alleged assault at juvenile center" (Associated Press via Palm Beach Post)
"Teen in lockup called 'a burden'" (Miami Herald)