Tampa Bay Online, April 23, 1998

Halfway house officer charged with having sex with teens

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A former worker at a halfway house for teen-age girls was charged with molesting two girls at the center. He allegedly gave one of them a sexually transmitted disease.

Nevis V. Ross, 27, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child by a person in custodial authority.

Ross worked at Timberline Academy in Daytona Beach for about three weeks in December before he was fired for lying on his job application.

Ross had sex with a 17-year-old girl who was being held in an isolation cell, said Derrick Clark, a Volusia County sheriff's investigator. The teen later contracted a sexually transmitted disease. The second victim was a 15-year-old girl incarcerated at the facility.

The halfway house is for teenage girls who have prior criminal histories, including felonies, and those who could be an escape risk.

The Department of Juvenile Justice has a contract with a private company, Youth Services International, to manage Timberline.

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