Escape raises concern about juvenile facility

Teen Escapees In Court
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Inspections have been done as part of an investigation after an escape at the juvenile detention facility in New Lebanon.

Three teens were able to break free from that facility. Escapee Anthony Clark was on the run for nearly three weeks before being caught.

With all three juveniles back behind bars as of this Wednesday, they’re now facing additional charges.

“These defendants are not only now going to have to face the music for what they were in there for, but now they have to face new charges. Our office is asking that all three of these juveniles be transferred to adult court, for what they have done and now they’re going to be held accountable,” said Leon Daidone, Montgomery County criminal division prosecutor.

A hearing for the first two juveniles, is December 18th. A court date regarding his transfer to adult court hasn’t been set for Clark who was on run for 18 days before being caught this week.

“It will be up to the judge, and there will be a hearing held,” said Daidone.

The escape has brought attention to the New Lebanon facility…and county administrator, James Cole hopes to make changes to secure the building.

“We have had both the department of youth services and state officials to look at the construction of the facility in regards to enhancing the physical construction. We’ve also had the Montgomery County management out as well to look at what can be done with reinforcing the ceiling,” said James Cole, Montgomery County juvenile court administrator.

Hoping this doesn’t happen again. This was the second escape In 12 years.

“Both involved instances, where the found weaknesses in the physical facility,” said Cole.

The county administrator tells 2 NEWS someone must have been helping Clark while he was on the run. They found him with a friend going to play basketball in Dayton, as if he wasn’t hiding.

“He had to have assistance while he was out, he wouldn’t have been able to avoid apprehension unless someone was assisting him, whether its clothes money or food,” said Cole.

Police are investigating to find out who that person was and additional crimes that Clark may have committed while on the run.

Clark is due in court Dec. 2.

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