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      Sheriff - Juvenile probation officer performed oral sex on cadet

      Juveniles are sent to the Amador R. Rodriguez Juvenile Boot Camp School in San Benito for long term discipline.

      Cadets try to re-learn right from wrong.

      It's a mission that comes into question when a probation officer is charged with improper sexual activity with a person in custody at the school.

      "She admitted to the crime," Sheriff Omar Lucio said.

      Patricia Aguilar is accused of having oral sex with a 17-year-old male cadet.

      Sheriff Lucio says she lured the teen into her office last week following a basketball game where the incident took place.

      It didn't stop there.

      "When somebody who is an officer of the law... like this probation officer... Does something like that... It becomes a crime," the sheriff said.

      He says Aguilar gave the cadet her phone number and the two later met in the parking lot of the San Benito Wal-Mart where she again performed oral sex on him while he was on supervised leave.

      And that's what led to her termination, according to Tommy Ramirez Jr., chief executive officer for the juvenile center.

      Ramirez says he was quite disturbed to hear the allegations against her adding how all employees go through a strict hiring process.

      It's just one of the many safeguards in place to protect inmates, according to him.

      "This particular individual has been here for several years," Ramirez said. "She has been a good employee... We are baffled, disappointed, sad that something like this happened... We just don't understand why it could have happened.... but it did."

      Even though the cadet is considered an adult, rules prohibit outside interaction with staff at the center.

      Ramirez says the teen faces disciplinary action, and officers will be monitored and educated to prevent this from happening again.

      Administration at the center first learned about the case after another cadet made an outcry.

      The teen bragged to others about what had happened, according to the sheriff's department.

      Aguilar faces up to 10 years behind bars and a $10,000 fine for the second degree felony charge.

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