Wednesday, March 10, 1999

Official quits amid sex scandal

2 ex-guards face charges involving teens

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — The director of detention for Warren County Juvenile Court quit Monday in the wake of a sex scandal involving corrections officers and female teen-age inmates.

        Neal Chamberlain, a 15-year veteran of the county juvenile court system, cleaned out his office at Mary Haven Youth Center after tendering his letter of resignation.

        “I have always tried to do a good job for you, my staff and the people of Warren County,” Mr. Chamberlain said in a letter to Juvenile Judge Mark Clark. “At this time I feel that it is best for everyone involved if I offer my resignation.”

        Judge Clark was not available for comment Tuesday.

        Ron Lewis, administrative assistant to Judge Clark, said Mr. Chamberlain was not asked to quit.

        “I wouldn't say he was under fire. I guess due to what happened, he felt some re- sponsibility,” Mr. Lewis said.

        Mr. Chamberlain could not be reached.His resignation comes in the middle of a reorganization in juvenile detention that will put Mr. Lewis at the helm.

        As director of corrections, Mr. Chamberlain managed Mary Haven Youth Center for convicted juvenile offenders. He also supervised management of the juvenile detention center, which was headed by Deputy Director Kevin Kincer.

        Mr. Kincer was transferred to run Mary Haven. The adjoined facilities are part of the Juvenile Court complex in Lebanon.

        Mr. Chamberlain's resignation occurred within hours of Monday's arraignment of Timothy Million Jr., 30, of Middletown, one of two former corrections officers who worked at juvenile detention.

        Mr. Million was indicted on a dozen charges, including three felony counts each of sexual battery and corruption of a minor for allegedly having intercourse with a 14-year-old girl in detention.

        He also faces six misdemeanor counts of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child for allegedly making lewd comments to other girls and ordering a 16-year-old inmate to expose herself to him. Mr. Million has denied the allegations.

        A second guard, Charles “Eddie” Heiber, 28, of Hamilton, pleaded not guilty to public indecency and contributing charges in the case last week. He was released on bail pending trial.


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