Youth facility at center of sex crime investigation has history of problems

DJJ conducted dozens of prior investigations

A now former employee of G4S, the company contracted to run the state's youth detention centers, is accused of allowing a teenager to use her cellphone in exchange for sex.
 
This most recent incident at Riverside Academy is not the first time G4S employees working there have been investigated.
 
The I-Team has looked at dozens of reports from the Department of Juvenile Justice dating back to August of 2010.
 
We discovered plenty of substantiated incidents at that facility, including claims of child abuse, improper relationships between employees and youth and dozens of employee arrests.
 
We learned that the DJJ has investigated incidents at the Riverside Academy at least 75 times in recent years.
 
In 2012, a counselor was fired for a relationship with a youth, whom she called, texted and visited at his home after his release.
 
Four cases of unnecessary force have also led to staff members being fired.
 
Two staff members were terminated after a teen was hit in the face and choked in 2012.
 
A few months later, another worker lost his job after breaking a youth's collar bone during a takedown.
 
A total of 17 Riverside Academy employees were fired as a result of arrests outside the workplace, including Kenson Jacques, who was convicted of lewd and lascivious battery, and Suni Maniram, who was convicted of sexual battery.
 
The DJJ contract at Riverside Academy officially ended Monday, resulting in 23 G4S employees being terminated as part of a reduction in force.
 
The company said earlier this year that the Riverside Academy program led the state in quality improvement for male residential programs.
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