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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Grand jury charges 11th guard in girls' prison probe

Associated Press

DELAWARE, Ohio - Another prison guard at Ohio's only prison for girls has been charged with mistreating an inmate, bringing the total of guards charged in an abuse investigation to 11.

A Delaware County grand jury on Friday indicted Tanya C. Serrell, 40, of Columbus, on one felony count of endangering children and one misdemeanor count each of assault and falsification.

Prosecutor Dave Yost said the charges stem from an incident on Dec. 13, 2003 in which Serrell allegedly slapped, punched and kicked a 13-year-old inmate.

Yost said the altercation wasn't reported at the time and surfaced during an ongoing investigation of allegations of abuse at the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility. In the last two months, the charges against 10 other guards have included assault, sexual molestation and dereliction of duty


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