A 33-year-old woman who worked at McLaughlin Youth Center has been charged with sexually abusing a 17-year-old detainee.

Theresa Godfrey is accused of forcing the boy to engage in sex both at the facility and off grounds, according to charging documents filed in Anchorage District Court.

McLaughlin Youth Center is a state correctional detention and treatment facility for juvenile offenders. It is the state's largest with 160 beds.

The boy had been at the center for six to seven months when he applied for a job in the supply department in the summer of 2005. Godfrey, a five-year employee of the facility, worked in the department.

The boy told police that Godfrey played music with sexually explicit lyrics and sang along. Around Aug. 5, he said, Godfrey took him to the supply warehouse and forced herself on him. The boy told investigators that "the incident shocked him, embarrassed him and scared him," charges say.

Several similar assaults occurred over the following days in the garage and supply room at the center and at the woman's home, when the pair were supposed to be off-grounds to run an errand, the court documents say.

At the end of the month, Godfrey approached the teenager again, according to court papers. He told her no. "He was worried someone would think he was the aggressor," charges say.

The investigation began in late September, after staff at the facility learned of the accusations from other juveniles. Godfrey is charged with first-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and third-degree sexual abuse of a minor.


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