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By Carolyn Cole
Canadian County juvenile center officials are taking a closer look this week at their procedures after a youth corrections officer was arrested on two counts of sodomy.
Bill Alexander, co-facility director for the Gary E. Miller Children’s Justice Center, said he could not confirm whether Jacob Nathaniel Holden worked at the center because it is a personnel issue, but he said the man is not employed there now.
A Yukon police arrest affidavit identified Holden as a corrections officer there when he was arrested on Feb. 21.
Alexander said every worker must go through an extensive background and reference check before being hired to work at the center, but officials will investigate to make sure those procedures are followed and seek additional steps to help ensure the safety of the children receiving services at the center. He said investigators have not found that any incident took place at the juvenile center.
“We have to be ever vigilant and do our best … we have a lot of wonderful people,” he said. “I hate that it reflects negatively on our staff.”
Alexander said his prayers are with the teen and others affected in the case. If the alleged victim’s report leads to a conviction, he said the teen needs to know the community is proud of the courage it took to come forward.
“That child is a hero,” Alexander said. “The teen had the guts to come forward and say, ‘I need to tell you something.’”
Holden, 26, of Yukon, remained in Canadian County Jail this week facing two counts of sodomy. The counts were filed Feb. 25 in Canadian County District Court.
Yukon investigators wrote in the probable cause affidavit that a 16-year-old youth reported two incidents in which sexual assault was alleged. Police were told the first incident happened in 2011, when the teen was younger than 16.
The teen reported a second incident occurred Feb. 13 during youth group in a bathroom at Town and Country Christian Church. Police wrote the boy reported they both performed and received oral sex. After speaking to the teen and his parents, a Yukon officer listened in on a phone conversation on Feb. 21 between the man and the boy, “where the defendant allegedly told the victim to not tell anyone what happened because the defendant stated he could go to jail.”
After reading the man his rights, Yukon police wrote the man said the incidents had occurred.
Preliminary hearings are set in the case for March 11 and April 12.