Erie County juvenile court employee accused of sex with teen in custody

HURON An Erie County juvenile court employee is accused of having sex with one of her charges -- a H
May 24, 2010



An Erie County juvenile court employee is accused of having sex with one of her charges -- a Huron man who was 17 at the time.

Huron police arrested Ashley B. Leake, 26, on Friday. Chief Randy Glovinsky said she would be charged with sexual battery, a third-degree felony.

Leake is a wraparound coordinator who worked with the youth's family. The wraparound program helps families with complex needs to coordinate services and build community support.

Juvenile Court Judge Robert DeLamatre called Leake "a good employee, as far as I knew, up until the allegations."

DeLamatre said he learned of Leake's alleged misconduct on Wednesday from the director of court services and the Department of Job and Family Services.

"What was reported to me was that the youth's mother had made comments" about Leake's relationship with her son, he said.

Leake was out on vacation Wednesday but placed on leave when she reported to work Thursday morning.

The Erie County Sheriff's office began an internal investigation Thursday to determine whether Leake violated court policies. Capt. Paul Sigsworth said detectives interviewed her Friday morning and will forward their information to DeLamatre for disciplinary action.

Huron Police Department, meanwhile, conducted a criminal investigation because the alleged sexual encounter took place in Huron, Glovinsky said.

The youth, who is now 18, told an investigator with Erie County Children's Services that he'd had a consensual sexual relationship with Leake during the summer, when he was a minor, Glovinsky said.

Leake, who lives in Fremont, began working for the court in November 2007. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in May 2005 and went to work for the Erie County Department of Job and Family Services, where she was the juvenile drug court representative for Children's Services.

Her personnel file consists mostly of job application materials and shows no allegations of misconduct.