Miami-Dade detention center worker arrested over alleged sexual battery of juvenile inmate

MIAMI – Miami-Dade County Public Schools officers arrested a 30-year-old juvenile detention center worker on Thursday, accusing him of sexual battery.

The alleged victim is a 15-year-old girl who was an inmate at the state-owned Miami Girl’s Academy, a 30-bed detention center at 3300 NW 27th Ave.

The teenage girl reported Javontate Richardson to her youth care specialist, who notified management, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department. Surveillance video confirmed the girl’s allegations, police said.

Richardson was a youth care worker that was employed by TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, a government contractor that runs the residential commitment program at the Miami Girls Academy, according to Amanda Slama, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

According to the arrest form, Richardson admitted the victim’s allegations were true. He faces two felony charges: Sexual battery on a minor by an adult and detention facility employee sex misconduct with an inmate.

Detectives believe there may be more victims. They are asking anyone with information to call the Miami-Dade Police Department’s special victims bureau at 305-715-3300 or Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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