Sellersburg, Ind. children's home employee accused of child seduction
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An employee at Kingsfield Children's Home in Sellersburg, Ind. has been arrested, accused of having sex with a 17-year-old boy who was a resident of the home.
Authorities say 29-year-old Darci Stabeno is charged with child seduction, which is a class C felony. The Pekin, Ind. resident was brought into the Clark County jail about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. She refused to talk to WDRB's Tamara Evans as she was led inside to be booked.
Sellersburg Police tell WDRB that she worked at Kingsfield since April of 2013.
Her responsibilities included making sure all the residents were safe and in place during the overnight hours.
"Her job is to basically make the rounds as the house parents would do during the day, making sure the kids are in there rooms and no one leaves. Basically kind of the nighttime security in a sense," says Chief Russ Whelan with Sellersburg Police.
Police believe there were at least two sexual encounters between Stabeno and the teen within the last two weeks. Investigators started looking into the case this week when the Program Director of Kingsfield Children's Home reported the incidents.
"You put someone in that position and you trust that they're going to do the right thing and this type of thing happens, it's just bad for everyone involved," says Chief Russ Whelan with Sellersburg Police.
Kingsfield Children's Home is a facility that offers educational and recreational resources for children. The facility's Web site says it also offers spiritual guidance and an independent living care program. It says, "the Independent Living program is designed to teach and educate our kids in the basic skills so they can live independently once they leave our care." It says Kingsfield Children's Home accepts children between the ages of 6 and 21 who are from troubled homes or who are experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulty.
WDRB contacted officials at Kingsfield, and they tell us Stabeneo was terminated this week.
Stabeno resides in Pekin, Indiana. Nobody was home at the house she rents, but neighbors tell WDRB she doesn't live alone, and that a man and her kids live with her.
Stabeno is being held on a $15,000 dollar cash surety bond.
The child seduction charge she's facing is a Class C felony.
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