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Detention Facility Worker Charged With Molesting Teen

April 9, 2019

A former employee of a Pittston Twp. juvenile detention facility was arraigned Monday on charges alleging she had inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old detainee.

Shila Lee McRoy, 25, of 139 Taylor Lane, Sweet Valley, is accused of groping the boy and providing him with nude pictures of herself while he was incarcerated at PA Child Care. At the time, McRoy was a youth staff member at the facility, police said.

According to the charges, police began investigating after a nurse reported seeing the boy give McRoy a kiss on the cheek after she escorted him to the office on Feb. 10 to be treated for a leg injury.

The boy subsequently disclosed that McRoy had been having inappropriate contact with him over the previous several months, the complaint says. The boy reported McRoy allowed him to touch her breasts while she fondled his genitals, and that she had given him nude photos of herself, police said.

The boy turned in some of the photos — which depicted her various body piercings — to a staff member and traded the rest of them to other inmates for snacks, according to the complaint.

McRoy also wrote letters to the victim, according to the complaint. In one letter, she wrote that she wanted to have a relationship with the boy when he was discharged but that she wanted to strengthen their bond while he was still in custody, police said.

She also acknowledged what she was doing was wrong, according to the complaint. 

“I don’t think you realize that I can go to jail if I do something with you, you are 10 years younger than me,” McRoy wrote in one letter, according to the charges.

The letter went on to discuss their intimate exchanges, police said. 

“Thank you for always kissing my hand. I absolutely love that and I don’t want to quit that for anything,” said the letter, which ended with McRoy saying she loved the boy “to the moon and back.”

McRoy, who was fired from her position, was charged with felony counts of institutional sexual assault and corruption of a minor.

Magisterial District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz arraigned McRoy on the charges Monday afternoon and set her bail at $50,000, which she posted later in the day.

A preliminary hearing was set for April 16.