Investigation Ongoing After Detention Center Manager Fired

The FOX 8 I-Team has found a local detention center manager fired in the midst of an investigation into explicit photos on an electronic device at the juvenile lock-up.

This comes to light after the I-Team found the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department is investigating photos of an “underage, unidentified female.”

Records released by Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court show Jerome Watkins terminated from the county detention center. The termination letter is dated March 23. The county says the investigation is ongoing and officials have not said how the photos ended up on the device, who the female is or the circumstances involved.

As detention officers complain of short-staffing and a lack of training to deal with what’s happening, it’s not clear what’s being done to prevent the kind of trouble that keeps happening.

Fox-8 reports that Juvenile Court Administrative Judge Thomas O’Malley repeatedly has not answered question regarding the troubling situation at his court.

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