Juvenile justice employee accused of raping, sodomizing boy

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by Adam Walser

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 18 at 7:21 PM

(WHAS11) -- A Kentucky juvenile justice employee is in trouble with the law for allegedly having sex with a boy in her care.

The employee, Gerri Mesmer, was arraigned on one count of rape and three counts of sodomy, all involving the same victim.

Mesmer has worked as a youth counselor for the state for nearly a decade and had never been in legal trouble before her indictment.

Without saying a word, Mesmer was arraigned on charges she sexually abused a boy she was supposed to help as a counselor.

Her indictment says the offenses took place between August 7 and August 18.

“She'd worked 10 years for the state. She has an exemplary record of commitment to the job and service on behalf of the people here,” Mesmer’s attorney David Mejia said. “And I think when we go forward to a trial, she will be cleared.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Juvenile Justice says Mesmer began working at a group home on Westport Road back in 2006. The group home is described as a last stop in the juvenile justice process. It houses eight boys between the ages of 13 and 18.

Mesmer was placed on investigative leave as soon as the allegation surfaced.

The Kentucky Justice Cabinet conducted its own investigation and recommended terminating Mesmer for policy violations. Her firing became official Tuesday.

State officials say Mesmer has been disciplined in the past, but details regarding those actions are not yet available.

She had never been charged with a crime before her indictment. 

“This case is going to come down to an allegation based on the word of a couple of young boys going on 18,” Mejia said.

“We're gonna test the credibility of them. These are troubled youth. They're from a very difficult background. We think that may have contributed to how and why the allegations came when they did,” Mejia said.

Mesmer was released on her own recognizance.

Another court hearing is scheduled for late January.
 

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