Thursday, February 17, 2000

Ex-guard step ahead of police

Offender says he'll surrender

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A former corrections officer convicted of sexual misconduct with female inmates at the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center is on the run, authorities said.

        Timothy Million Jr. told The Cincinnati Enquirer he intended to turn himself in to police on Wednesday to begin serving a six-month sentence, but he failed to report to jail.

        In the last three weeks, Middletown police have checked Mr. Million's Alameda Circle home in Middletown with dogs, made surprise visits to the Dayton company where he worked, and even looked for him at the hospital intensive care unit where his father lay dying.

        Convicted in August of two charges of contributing to the delinquency of a child for coercing female inmates to expose their breasts, Mr. Million was out on bail while he appealed the case.

        The appeal was dismissed because Mr. Million could not afford to pay his lawyer. Judge Daniel Fedders of Warren County Common Pleas Court revoked the bail on Jan. 21 and ordered Mr. Million's arrest.

        Reached at home at noon Wednesday, Mr. Million, 31, said he was not running from police and promised to turn himself in by the end of the day.

        “I wasn't running from anybody. But they were after me like I had killed 10 people and was on the run. It just came at the most inopportune time. My father was on his death bed,” Mr. Million said.

        “All the arrangements for my father have been made and I'm turning myself in before the end of the day. I'd rather just go and do my time and hopefully start my life over again.”

        But, nearly five hours later he wasn't in jail, nor was he at home. At 4:30 p.m., his wife, Lisa, would only say, “Tim's not here right now.” She would not answer questions about his whereabouts.

        By the time he learned police were trying to find him, Mr. Million said his father, Timothy Sr., was gravely ill. The elder Mr. Million died Feb. 7 at Middletown Regional Hospital after suffering a heart attack and a stroke. He was buried on Friday.

        Mr. Million said he dodged police because he wanted to attend his father's funeral last week and tend to the man's affairs before going to jail.

        Mr. Million said he also spent some time in Columbus before returning to Middletown.

        Mr. Million said he sought permission to turn himself in after the funeral. Warren County Prosecutor Tim Oliver objected.

        Mr. Oliver said he spoke with a man two weeks ago who represented himself as Mr. Million's brother.

        “His brother called saying that if we would let him stay out until their father, who was seriously ill, passed away, he would turn himself in,” Mr. Oliver said. He said he did not confirm the identity of the man he spoke with.

        “We told him he needed to turn himself in and talk to the judge about that particular issue. The judge may well have given him some consideration had he turned himself in.”

        Mr. Oliver said Middletown police made multiple trips to Mr. Million's home and other places.

        “When he says he wasn't hiding, obviously I think Middletown police would have a different perception of what hiding is,” Mr. Oliver said.

        Mr. Million was fired from the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center in January 1999 after several female inmates complained of sexual misconduct by three guards.

        While convicted on two counts of contributing, Mr. Million was acquitted of a sexual battery charge involving accusations that he had sex with a 14-year-old girl in a holding cell.

        Another former corrections officer, Charles “Eddie” Heiber, of Hamilton, has yet to come to trial in Lebanon Municipal Court on three counts of contributing and two charges of public indecency. He is accused of exposing himself to two female inmates in juvenile detention on Christmas 1998.

        A third guard, Jay Hurd of Hamilton, was fired for allegedly touching the buttocks and breasts of a teen-age female inmate on Dec. 23 or Dec. 24, 1998. Prosecutors said they had insufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Mr. Hurd.


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