Monday, August 8, 2011

Youth detention worker arrested on sex charges

By Patrick Lohmann
Albuquerque Journal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A supervisor at an Albuquerque youth detention facility was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of sexually abusing several female juvenile inmates.
Richard Bradberry, 54, is charged with three counts each of criminal sexual contact, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, false imprisonment and voyeurism. Authorities said he groped three underage female inmates, including one instance of pulling down the pants and underwear of a girl.
Two of the alleged victims are 16 years old and one is 17, police said. All three are inmates at the Camino Nuevo Youth Center, where Bradberry worked as a youth care specialist.
Police first heard allegations of abuse a year ago, said State Police spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson, but they didn't have enough evidence.
In April, however, police said one of the alleged victims told police she had been touched inappropriately, and investigators were able to corroborate several witness interviews with the facility's surveillance footage, Johnson said.