A staffer working at a Colorado Department of Human Services juvenile detention facility was cited for unlawful sexual contact after grabbing the crotch of a female inmate and other staff did not immediately respond to the girl’s calls for help, according to a police report obtained Thursday.
The girl told police she was only able to report the incident when she was let out by the suspect to go to the bathroom and that she had to follow him to the bathroom to get access to other staff, according to the report obtained by Watchdog.org.
Jordan Alan Virgin, 25, was working with the juvenile inmate at about 8:40 p.m. on Sept. 19 when he grabbed her crotch with his right hand and squeezed, the report described.
JUVENILE DETENTION: Police say an inmate was assaulted by an employee in a center in this Lakewood juvenile detention facility.
“At that point, (the alleged victim) jumped backwards … entered her room, shut the door and immediately asked for a” shift supervisor, the report said.
The girl told police she was repeatedly pressing the call button in her room, but no one responded. She finally convinced Virgin to let her out of the room to go to the bathroom and she went to the control room to report the alleged assault, the report said.
The control officer directed her to go back to her room and she told the officer: “I don’t want to go back to that unit with him because he just grabbed my crotch,” the report quoted the girl.
Virgin, according to the girl’s description in police records, had told her, “Come on, (redacted) don’t do this” when he realized she was going to report the incident.
Another staff member led the girl to her room and she stayed there until Virgin finished his shift and left the facility, the report said.
Virgin was cited with one count of misdemeanor unlawful sexual conduct, according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer.
Colorado’s juvenile detention system has been the focus of lawmaker attention after a series of violent incidents and staff attacks highlighted in Watchdog.org stories.
A CDHS spokeswoman Dee Martinez said Virgin was not a state employee but worked for a contractor who ran the facility for the state, and Virgin did not have a listed phone number.
Virgin had no previous criminal history in Colorado, according to a check of Colorado Bureau of Investigation records.