Sexual assault reported at Augusta YDC; director fired

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been brought in to assist in the investigation of a sexual assault at the Augusta Youth Development Campus.

 

In addition, campus Director John Brady was fired Monday, according to Emily Gest, the Department of Juvenile Justice’s director of communications. She declined comment further.

According to a DJJ statement concerning the assault, a 14-year-old reported he was assaulted by a 17-year-old about 5:20 p.m. Sunday.

The 14-year-old has been treated and returned to the facility on Mike Padgett Highway.

The incident is not the first of its kind reported at the Augusta YDC, according to documents obtained by The Augusta Chronicle. Two cases of youth-on-youth sexual acts and one case of abusive sexual contact have been reported this year.

Additional precautionary security measures are being taken at the campus, the DJJ statement says.

The GBI also continues to investigate circumstances surrounding a youth’s death at the YDC last month.

Jade Holder, 19, was beaten in his cell Nov. 7 and died the next day. Michael Jarod Everidge, 17, was charged with the crime.

Marlon McCreary Sr., a guard at the facility, was fired Nov. 10. Heather Gates, another security employee, was suspended with pay Nov. 9 because of possible employee misconduct, according to department records. Capt. Victor Martin was suspended with pay for possible employee misconduct the next day.

McCreary’s termination was directly related to the death; DJJ did not clarify whether the suspensions were related.

NEW DJJ HIRES

ATLANTA — Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has picked one-time statewide Democratic candidate and former legislator Carol Jackson to join the Department of Juvenile Justice on Dec. 16 to lobby her former colleagues on his behalf.

Jackson, a Cleveland Democrat, served in the Senate from 1999-2005, when she sought her party’s nomination for secretary of state. She lost to fellow legislator Gale Buckner, who lost in the general election.

Jackson’s hiring was announced Monday, along with that of Shawanda Reynolds-Cobb as deputy commissioner, Tracy Masters as legal-services director and Diane Avery as constituent liaison and the promotion of Deputy Commissioner Jeff Minor to assistant commissioner.

“I look forward to utilizing their talents and skills as we face challenges and enhance DJJ all while helping the troubled youth we serve …,” Jackson said.

– Morris News Service

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