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The Tulsa Juvenile Center lawsuit grows with 10 more victims alleging abuse and misconduct

The Tulsa Juvenile Center lawsuit grows with 10 more victims alleging abuse and misconduct

The Tulsa Juvenile Center lawsuit grows with 10 more victims alleging abuse and misconduct

10 more victims have been added to the lawsuit against the Tulsa Family Center for Juvenile Justice.

The 70-page lawsuit details the alleged abuse of 30 victims at the hands of detention officers, nurses and other staff.

This comes after the arrest of former detention officer Johnathan Hines and Dquan Doyle. Hines is charged with human trafficking, taking a cell phone into a prison and destroying evidence. Doyle is charged with sexual assault, indecent exposure and assisting a minor in a drug crime.

Along with allegations of rampant sexual abuse, the suit alleges that staff knowingly fed the minors food they were allergic to, kept them in isolation without being able to shower, and failed to properly administer their medication.

The attorneys at Smolen Law working on the case are asking that the victims still incarcerated be released from the detention center.

The non-profit, Oklahoma Appleseed, is seeking answers and action regarding the lawsuit and its claims.

NewsChannel 8 spoke with Executive Director Colleen McCarty, who says the detention center needs to be closed all together.

“It needs to be closed and the kids need to be moved somewhere they can be safe while we figure out what’s going on. There needs to be an independent investigation into every person who was in contact with the children in custody leading up to the peak,” McCarty said.

I reached out to the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, but they said they had no comment at this time because they hadn’t been notified yet.