Saturday, February 27, 1999

Ex-jail guard is charged

Teens complained of sex activity

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — One of two corrections officers under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct now faces criminal charges for allegedly exposing himself to two teen-aged girls at the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center.

        County sheriff's detectives charged Charles “Eddie” Heiber, 28, of Hamilton with two counts of public indecency and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for incidents on Christmas. All charges are misdemeanors.

        The criminal charges are the first fallout from a sheriff's investigation begun last month after teen girls at the center complained about sexual activity involving guards.

        Allegations against Tim Million, a corrections officer who was fired Jan. 29, will be presented to a grand jury Friday, Warren County Prosecutor Tim Oliver said.

        Mr. Million is accused of having intercourse and oral sex Jan. 1 with a 14-year-old girl while she was detained in a holding cell.

        He also allegedly ordered a 16-year-old female inmate to expose herself to him and made lewd remarks to six other girls at the center.

        Mr. Oliver refused to explain the contributing charges against Mr. Heiber. Records in Lebanon Municipal Court show that those allegations involve three female juveniles at the center. No other details were available.

        Sheriff's officials declined to answer questions about Mr. Heiber, who resigned Jan. 28 in the midst of the criminal investigation.

        He could not be reached for comment Friday. A warrant was issued for his arrest, but Mr. Heiber was not in custody Friday evening. If arrested over the weekend, he could be in court Monday for arraignment.

        Mr. Heiber and Mr. Million, former adult jail guards, were hired by juvenile court last year on the recommendation of their supervisor at Community Corrections Center near Lebanon.

        In his letter of resignation, Mr. Heiber, a probationary employee, said he was quitting “due to some inacurate circumstanses (sic) that has been made.”

        According to his personnel file, he was hired part time as a corrections officer at the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center in October, about four months after Mr. Million was hired.

        Mr. Heiber became a full-time guard at Mary Haven Rehabilitation Center, which houses sentenced juvenile offenders, on Nov. 19.


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