Harpers Ferry Job Corps would call police for help with any crimes, director says

February 08, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- The director of the Harpers Ferry Job Corps said Thursday she is not aware of anyone at the center resisting authorities who want to examine operations there.

She said center officials would call law enforcement for help on any crimes at the facility.

Three students at the center were charged with second-degree sexual assault in the reported rape of a female student Monday night at the center.

Doris Hall-James said there could be problems such as drug use or assaults, which center officials would look to police for help in controlling.

"For major things, the police are called," Hall-James said.

Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said Wednesday that he has been concerned about operations at the Harpers Ferry Job Corps and added there has been resistance from people in charge of the center when there has been an attempt to examine issues there.


Boober said he is going to contact officials with the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of the Interior to express his concerns about the local Job Corps center, which offers job training to young adults at a site off Job Corps Road north of Charles Town.

Both federal agencies are involved in the operation of the center, Boober said.

Boober's comments came after three students were charged with second-degree sexual assault in the reported rape of a female student at the center.

Hall-James said she was informed about the reported rape on Monday about 11:15 p.m. and that it occurred between 9 and 10 p.m.

The students charged in the incident stated that sexual intercourse had taken place in a room, but they said it was done with the consent of the victim, according to a criminal complaint filed by Sheriff's Deputy J.C. Tennant.

The victim, who is 18, said she told all three of the accused that she was unwilling to engage in sex and added that she clearly stated "no," according to the criminal complaint.

Hall-James said center officials still are investigating the incident in an attempt to determine if the allegations are true.

Hall-James also said she plans to contact Boober regarding his concerns.

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