Friday, March 24, 2000

Juvenile center worker sentenced on sex charges




BY DAVID ECK
Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON — A former corrections officer at the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center will spend 30 days under house arrest and one year on probation after pleading guilty Thursday to three counts of sexual imposition.

        He pleaded to charges stemming from an October 1998 incident involving a former juvenile center female inmate.

        Charles “Eddie” Heiber, 29, also was fined $900 plus court costs by Acting Lebanon Municipal Court Judge Mitch Allen. Mr. Heiber also will have to undergo counseling and follow-up as ordered by the probation department.

        In a plea agreement with Lebanon city prosecutors, charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, public indecency and dereliction of duty were dropped, said Lebanon Prosecutor James A. Whitaker.

        The charges that were dismissed were linked to allegations that Mr. Heiber made lewd comments to teen-age girls at the center and exposed himself to them around Christmas 1998, Lebanon Municipal Court records show. He also was accused of inappropriately watching a female detainee in her cell.

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        Mr. Heiber, dressed in casual clothes and his head bowed, did not say anything during his court appearance. His attorney, David Parker, declined interview requests.

        Mr. Heiber resigned from the juvenile detention center in early 1999, during a criminal investigation by sheriff's deputies after teen-age girls at the center complained about sexual activity involving guards.

        His personnel file shows he was hired part time as a corrections officer at the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center in October 1998. A former adult-jail guard, he was hired on the recommendation of a supervisor at the Community Corrections Center near Lebanon.

       



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