Local News

Sex charges shake Butner juvenile facility

Posted July 21, 2011
Updated July 22, 2011

— State officials are investigating a juvenile detention facility in Butner after allegations that a counselor had sex with boys housed there, authorities said Thursday.

The state Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has reassigned the director of the C.A. Dillon Youth Development Center, placed five employees on leave pending the outcome of the investigation and fired counselor Shannon Richardson West.

The investigation began last month after West, 40, was alleged to have had sexual encounters with juveniles at C.A. Dillon, authorities said. The case was turned over to Butner's Department of Public Safety, and West was charged with two counts of sexual activity by a custodian.

West was being held Thursday in the Granville County jail under a $50,000 bond.

West has worked at the center since September 2001. 

“Our employees have the highest obligation to care for at-risk and troubled young people in extremely difficult times of their lives,” Secretary of Juvenile Justice Linda Hayes said in a statement. “For an employee to betray that obligation and trust in any way is unconscionable. We have zero tolerance for personal misconduct. We are committed to providing the best care and treatment possible for our youth and are taking every measure to insure their protection.”

Sex charges shake Butner juvenile facility Sex charges shake Butner juvenile facility

Hayes said the juveniles at C.A. Dillon are receiving counseling and psychiatric services. 

The investigation is ongoing, Hayes said. She could not comment on how many victims were involved or specifically when the contact started. 

West's husband filed for custody of the couple's two children and child support, and received a restraining order against her this week, according to the Wake County Clerk of Court. 

30 Comments

This story is closed for comments. Comments on WRAL.com news stories are accepted and moderated between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Oldest First
View all
  • cutiekitten007 Jul 25, 12:19 p.m.

    Where is the account ability? When kids report things to adults don't adults take things seriously regardless of where they work. We are all mandated reporters, why weren't there investigations done if this had been going on for sometime which I bet that it had been going on but no one was doing their job correctly because we weren't putting kids first. I have heard plently of stories of what went on in that facility and it pains me to think that things had gotten this far. It sickens me. I am so glad that things are finally coming out of the wood work but they should dig deeper because I am sure there is still more to come. The mental Health field is such a fragile field, These young men need help they are there for a reason because the system they lived in has been broken and there is no stability. They are just looking for stability and trust and dignity and worth as a person and what has happen at this facilty has been broken and failed. It has failed and can't be replaced or repai

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 22, 6:45 p.m.

    "West was being held Thursday in the Granville County jail under a $50,000 bond."

    Not high enough; should never be less than $1 mil per child, and for a government employee, it should be especially upheld to that rate.

  • msteel680 Jul 22, 5:29 p.m.

    You are only as strong as your leader. CA Dillon is a soap opera , from staff fighting over other staff while on the job. To secret relationship amongst staff and juveniles. The whole front office should be fired. Bad thing about this all is that Kathy Porras has not ran Dillon in years. To all who have worked at Dillon knows who wears the pants there nuff said

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 22, 4:41 p.m.

    @ nisa-pizza,

    O I bad. Maybe it was a new treatment she was trying?

  • jellybeanz Jul 22, 4:34 p.m.

    Uh guys I do not think this is about Polk, Polk is a DOC facility not Juvenile Justice...Polk is ages 16 (adult in NC) and up.

  • nisa-pizza Jul 22, 3:46 p.m.

    Rebel, See:

    http://www.doc.state.nc.us/dop/prisons/polk.htm

    It's a male facility.

  • shoutntime Jul 22, 3:44 p.m.

    Oh those poor young men, to be forced into relations with THAT!!!!!!!!!! - Saberage

    Having relations with Miss America is only a flip of the light switch away.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 22, 3:26 p.m.

    Ummm, who said it was young men?

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 22, 2:59 p.m.

    Director should be demotived or fired, not reassigned. Poor management in our agency should never be tolerated

  • Vita Brevis Ars Longa Jul 22, 2:28 p.m.

    Oh those poor young men, to be forced into relations with THAT!!!!!!!!!!

More...