HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - Harrisburg police have charged a Jonesboro woman for having sex with a detainee while she worked at Consolidated Youth Services.
According to Police Chief Gary Hefner, Melissa Anne Mitchell, 44, of Jonesboro was charged with 3rd degree sexual assault after she had been on the run for several months.
Hefner said the incident happened in February 2015 and "several attempts had been made to locate" Mitchell.
"After reading her Miranda rights, she advised that she wanted to have an attorney present before any questioning," Hefner said. "So I advised her that I'd give her a few days to contact an attorney and that was the last time I heard from Ms. Mitchell."
A warrant for her arrest was issued in April, 2015.
Her arrest Monday was the result of a traffic stop. Hefner explained the importance of entering a suspect into the National Crime Information Center/Arkansas Crime Information Center database.
"If a person is stopped on a traffic stop, if they're not entered, the officer has no clue of what they may have been guilty of doing or accused of doing in the past."
Hefner said Mitchell had "inappropriate sexual relations" in a recreation room of CYS. Mitchell oversaw several young male detainees during her employment at the facility.
She's accused of having oral sex and sexual intercourse with an 18-year old detainee. Though the detainee was 18, since Mitchell was employed by CYS at the time of the incident, it remains against Arkansas law.
The investigation began when Hefner received a call from the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division. Hefner said Mitchell was fired when the incident allegedly occurred.
Mitchell appeared in court Wednesday and is due back in court Feb. 29, 2016. District Judge Ron Hunter gave Mitchell a $20,000 bond.
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