Friday, February 18, 2000

Ex-guard gives up on sex charges




BY SHEILA McLAUGHLIN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A three-week police search has ended for an ex-guard convicted of misconduct involving female inmates at the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center.

        Timothy Million Jr., 31, of Middletown, turned himself in at the Warren County Jail late Wednesday to begin serving a six-month sentence on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a child for coercing two teen-agers to expose their breasts.

        A judge ordered Mr. Million to begin serving his sentence after Mr. Million's appeal of the case was dismissed.

        Police have been looking for him since Jan. 21.

        Mr. Million told The Cincinnati Enquirer early Wednesday that he had dodged efforts to find him because he wanted to spend time with his dying father, attend the funeral last week and tend to his father's affairs.

        Mr. Million, fired from the juvenile detention center in January 1998 after several female inmates complained of sexual misconduct by three guards, was convicted of the contributing-to-the-delinquency charges in August.

        However, a jury acquitted him on a more serious charge of sexual battery involving allegations that he had sex with a 14-year-old girl in a holding cell.

        The girl and her mother have since filed a $2 million civil suit against Mr. Million and county officials.

        The plaintiffs allege that Warren County officials put the teen in a position to be sexually abused last fall when they hired Mr. Million, a convicted felon, without conducting a thorough criminal background check.

       



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