Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Public safety

Deputies: Youth center worker sexually battered teen under his supervision

LAND O’ LAKES — A 26-year-old employee at a facility for troubled teens was arrested Wednesday after deputies said he sexually battered a 16-year-old detainee.

Willie Malik Jackson of New Port Richey faces a charge of sexual battery of someone under custodial authority, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident took place about 12:18 a.m. at the Central Pasco Girls Academy in Land O’ Lakes, a rehabilitation center for troubled girls run by TrueCore Behavioral Solutions under Department of Juvenile Justice guidelines.

Deputies gave this account:

The teen asked Jackson to use the bathroom. He said yes and told her to go to the one at the end of the hall, according to his arrest report.

Surveillance video shows Jackson walking into the bathroom, leaving the door ajar and the lights off, deputies said. About a minute later, the girl went inside the room.

Jackson, she told deputies, was standing to the side with his pants down and his genitals exposed. She told deputies Jackson threatened to write her up if she did not have sex with him, which would prevent her from being released on schedule.

Then, deputies said, he forced her into sex and afterward left the bathroom, closing the door behind him.

In an interview with deputies, Jackson said that the encounter had been consensual, according to an arrest report.

A statement from the Department of Juvenile Justice said Jackson had been fired.

"This behavior is inexcusable, depraved, and disgusting and it is our expectation that this person be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law," the statement said. "DJJ has zero tolerance for the victimization of youth placed in our care and custody and this contracted staff person’s employment has been terminated."

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