Ariz. juvenile corrections officer accused of sex misconduct

Ariz. juvenile corrections officer accused of sex misconduct

PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections says one of its youth corrections officers has been arrested for alleged sexual misconduct.

Department officials announced Wednesday that they’re still investigating the circumstances surrounding the alleged incident and details aren’t being immediately released.

Officials say the agency became aware of sexual misconduct allegations involving Youth Corrections Officer Patrice Dawson on Oct. 16.

They say Dawson reportedly confessed and she was fired.

Authorities say Dawson was subsequently arrested and charged with a Class 3 felony.

It was unclear Wednesday if Dawson has a lawyer yet for her case.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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