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Boy, 14, detained on sex charge

March 04, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

A judge on Wednesday ordered a 14-year-old boy who was being held at Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System on a third-degree sex offense charge to remain in confinement there pending a hearing on an alleged violation of his commitment.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said the youth had sexual contact with two other youths while at the facility in Rockville, Md. She said that is considered a violation of his commitment there on a sex offense charge.

"The state has grave concerns for his lack of investment in this treatment," Flores said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered that the youth, who was moved to his own locked room after the offenses, stay at Potomac Ridge pending a violation of commitment hearing.

At first, Beachley said he was apprehensive about sending the youth back to the facility, but said he changed his mind after hearing from a staff therapist and a psychiatric technician there who said security involving the youth has been increased since the offenses.

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Addressing the youth, Beachley said, "You're never going to get out of this system until the age of 21 if you continue this behavior."

The youth nodded.

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