Hartford Juvenile Detention Officer charged with sexual assault of inmate

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– A Hartford Juvenile Detention Officer was arrested for the alleged statutory rape of a juvenile inmate on Tuesday.

State Police say 40-year-old Marquis Marquez, of New Britain, turned himself in to Troop H at around 7:50 a.m. on an active arrest warrant charging him with sexual assault.

Police say the arrest stems from an investigation into an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship between Marquez and a 17-year-old inmate, that occurred at the Juvenile Detention Center in Hartford.

Marquez was unable to post his $250,000 bond.

The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance released the following statement in response to the accusations:

The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance is appalled at the sexual assault of a girl in the Hartford Juvenile Detention center. The Judicial Branch spoke with us to let us know they have brought in an independent investigator to examine their policies and practices.

Obviously the abuse of youth who are supposed to be receiving care and services is unacceptable.

Unfortunately, when youth are incarcerated, bad things tend to happen. It is nearly impossible to run an institution without crimes and abuse like this one.

This is a stark reminder why we need to stop incarcerating kids and continue reforms that have kept more kids in the community and in alternative programs. When kids are a risk to public safety we must provide secure environments that are small, therapeutic, and safe.”

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