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Sexual abuse alleged at Elko youth offender center

Reported by: Reed Cowan
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Updated: 8/22/2014 11:17 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- A teen who says he was hog-tied at a youth detention center in Elko, tells News 3 he also witnesses sexual abuse at the state facility.

D’Michael Boxley says he saw sexual abuse against a minor at the Nevada Youth Training Center in the northeast Nevada town.

Boxley, who now is being held in the Clark County Detention Center, understands social media chatter questioning his statements. He acknowledges breaking the law and knows he’s behind bars for a reason. But he insists he was physically abused by guards while at the Elko center and that he saw a minor sexually abused.

He says he saw a female guard ask a minor offender to expose himself to her while they were standing in the chow line.

“She was like, show me your … uh … She was like you got a little (deleted). She was like show me.”

“She’s old. She’s supposed to be watching us not supposed to be thinking about that kind of stuff.”

Reacting to the allegations, Romaine Gilliand, director of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, which runs the Elko center, says, “We take all allegations of abuse and neglect seriously.”

He said the department is not aware of the most recent allegations, but “when we are made aware of them, we will investigate as soon as we possibly can.”

Gilliand says all previous accusations were investigated and they did not “violate our policies and procedures. The use (of force) was within and not in violation of policies and procedures.”

Boxley cries when he talks about his experiences in Elko.

“I don’t want to go back,” he says. “I don’t want kids to go back there. Nobody to go back there.”

“I gotta lot of scars,” Boxley says, pointing to marks on his skin that he claims were caused by being hog-tied and left naked and alone for days. He also says he has scars on his psyche.

“It takes away all my pride; makes me feel like I’m nobody.”

He says guards at the Elko center limited his communication with his mother, and that only once was he able to tell her he thought they would kill him.

“I want to run from here; they are going to kill me,” Boxley says he told his mother. “It’s a hick town. They’re going to get away with it.”



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