There's nothing new about sexual predators finding positions where they will have authority over youths. Most famously, Jerry Sandusky is facing multiple charges of sexually assaulting several boys at Penn State as he ran a charitable foundation that was supposed to help many of his young alleged victims.
But on a smaller scale, teachers, coaches, and religious leaders are also being charged with abusing children under their care. Now you can add juvenile detention center employee to that list. George Sabie, a 55-year-old worker at the Illinois Youth Center in Joliet, was convicted this week of a juvenile center sexual assault.
Sabie was charged with going into the cell of a 17-year-old youth at the center and propositioning the youth to give him oral sex in exchange for $400, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
The teenager was being held at the center for residential burglary and Sabie was a youth supervisor at the center. After the sex act was performed, the teen collected Sabie's semen on a tissue and hid it, apparently to use it as evidence in a criminal trial against Sabie, reports the Sun-Times.
Sabie was convicted of custodial sexual misconduct among other crimes and was sentenced to 6 years in prison. He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, and he'll need to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Custodial sexual misconduct is considered a class 3 felony and is reserved for employees of the penal system who engage in sexual conduct with an inmate or other person in custody. Someone can be charged with the crime regardless of whether the sex act was consensual. The law considers the person in custody incapable of consent given his or her position.
George Sabie was convicted of a juvenile center sexual assault. He will lose his job, spend a significant amount of time in jail, and will forever be known as a registered sex offender.
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