Local organization investigated after sexual behavior
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida organization aimed to helping children is being investigated after alarming allegations.
The Department of Juvenile Justice is investigating AMI Kids, a local organization that helps juveniles with troubled behavior, after allegations that staff members participated in sexual behavior with juveniles. "These children are in very vulnerable states," said Assistant Public Defender Gordon Weekes. "They are at crossroads in their lives and they do not need to be prayed upon by opportunistic staff members."
Weekes is in charge of the juvenile division of the Public Defender's Office. He said staff members and community leaders are alarmed after a female intern sent a boy naked pictures.
Officials are also investigating another allegation after a female employee gave birth to a baby from a teen at the center. "They nicknamed her the 'cradle robber.' Administration was aware of these allegations or this perception of inappropriateness with this individual, and they allowed her to stay employed and having interaction with these children," said Weekes.
A spokeswoman for AMI released a statement: "Our team members are expected to live up to the highest ethical standard ... AMI kids does not condone or tolerate any behavior that is not in the best interest of our students."
The intern who sent naked pictures to the boy has been told to stay off the property. The employee who gave birth to one of the kid's children was fired on Monday.
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