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Detention facility employee indicted in assault

August 17, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A former Western Maryland Children's Center employee was indicted in late July in connection with allegations that on May 6 he struck a teenager being held at the Roxbury Road youth detention facility.

A Washington County grand jury indicted Christopher Todd Henderson, of 1003 N. Gay St. in Baltimore, on one count of second-degree assault, according to court records.

Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, which runs the facility south of Hagerstown, said Henderson was accused of hitting a 15-year-old boy after an argument over telephone privileges.

Henderson was a residential adviser at the facility at the time.

Henderson no longer is employed at the facility, but Hopkins said he could not discuss the details of his departure.

Hopkins said the youth became "very angry, very upset" after getting into a disagreement with staff members about his telephone privileges.

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The department's internal investigations division, the Office of Professional Responsibility and Accountability, and Maryland State Police conducted investigations into the allegation, he said.

Henderson is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court for an arraignment on Aug. 24, according to court records.

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