Her life is pretty much over, but we wonder, if this were a male who was not a cop, would the sentence be different? We are sure it would be.
By Adam Kiefaber
Teens were being held at juvenile rehab facility
A former corrections officer at the Butler County Juvenile Rehabilitation Center was sentenced to 90 days in prison Friday after she admitted to having sex with three teenage boys who were being held at the facility.
Amber Harris, 34, of Fairfield entered a guilty plea on Aug. 20 to two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and to one count of sexual battery. The maximum sentence for each count was five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
On Friday, Judge Charles L. Pater handed down a sentence of three suspended five-year concurrent sentences and 90 days in jail.
Harris will serve five years of probation, have to register as a Tier 3 sex offender for the rest of her life and enter the Substance Abuse/Mental Illness program.
Harris’ attorney, Mark Krumbein, claims Harris suffered from severe depression and was battered by a spouse at the time of the incidents, which took place in 2011. Krumbein added that his client had never been in a substance abuse program but has a substance abuse problem.
“We are grateful to the judge for recognizing that she was a battered woman combined with her substance abuse problem and for the first time in her life committed illegal acts,” Krumbein said.
“She is greatly remorseful for that and is thankful for the opportunity (to participate) in SAMI.”
Rob Clevenger, director of the Juvenile Justice Center, said he alerted the Butler County Sheriff’s Office this June when a staff member at the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center overheard a conversation between two residents describing an inappropriate relationship between a former rehabilitation center employee and a former resident.
Sex discovered after she’d been fired by center
At the time, Harris was not an employee of the center. She had been let go for poor attendance in July 2011 when she served as a substitute correction officer. Up until then, Harris had been employed with the facility since May 2002.
Harris was accused of having sex with three teens, two of whom were 15 and one 16 at the time. Clevenger said one of the incidents occurred at the facility.
“This facility does very important work. It redirects the lives of young men who commit felonies in our community,” Clevenger said. “That is why this saddens us. This situation undermines everything that this facility does.”
Harris had also been employed with St. Aloysius Cambridge School in 2011, where additional victims were identified, according to police.
However, before the case could be presented to a grand jury for possible indictment, she pleaded to a bill of information through the Butler County Courts and received her sentence.