Police investigate possible sex assault involving adult, teen at Hickey School

February 14, 2002|By Todd Richissin | Todd Richissin,SUN STAFF

Maryland State Police are investigating a possible sexual assault at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School involving an adult female visitor and a 15-year-old male resident, officials said yesterday. The woman involved was a social worker with the public defender's office, according to sources.

The incident occurred Tuesday when a teen was left alone in an office with a woman at the Baltimore County facility, according to Lee Towers, a spokesman for the Department of Juvenile Justice. He would not confirm the woman's employer.

At about 7:40 p.m., a Hickey employee looked through a window into a room in the admissions office and saw the teen and the woman together, Towers said. The employee notified her supervisors, Towers said, and state police were notified. No injuries were reported and no charges have been filed.

Juvenile justice sources said it is common for employees of the public defender's office to be left alone with teens at the facility but that other staff members are nearby.

The social workers frequently visit Maryland's juvenile jails to interview offenders and make recommendations to court officials on treatment programs.

The teen was not in Hickey's sexual offender program, the sources said.

Lt. Bud Frank of the state police said an investigation is under way about a "sexual act" involving a female visitor and a Hickey resident.

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