Children's home employee facing felony charge appears in court - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Children's home employee accused of child seduction appears in court

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- New details in a story we first broke Thursday, involving a Sellersburg children's home employee.

29-year-old Darci Stabeno appeared in court on Friday in Clark County.  

She refused to say anything to the media about the crime she's accused of. Police arrested her for 'Child Seduction', a Class C felony.

Sellersburg police say, during the past 2 weeks as Darci Stabeno was working at the Kingsfield Children's Home on the night staff, she had sex with a 17-year-old boy who lived there, on at least 2 occasions.

The children's home accepts kids from troubled homes, and kids experiencing emotional difficulty.

"The bottom line is that people are sent to facilities like this in Sellersburg for their own safety, for the safety of the community and you cannot have a person's authority over them sexually victimizing them or taking advantage of them," says Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull.  

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained Friday, the juvenile provided photos to police allegedly taken with Stabeno during sexual intercourse.

Police say he admitted he also sent a sexual photo of himself to Stabeno as well.

Prosecutors say what happened, crossed the line.

"In Indiana, generally it's legally permissible for a 16-year-old to have sexual relations with someone that is an adult. That's not the case though if that adult is someone who oversees them in some capacity as a caregiver, caretaker, or someone in a school or home where they are placed," says Prosecutor Jeremy Mull.

A judge ruled that if Stabeno meets her $15,000 bail, she'll be placed on home incarceration and ordered to wear an ankle bracelet. He told her that she cannot have contact with anyone under the age of 18, especially the juvenile police say she was involved with.

When leaving the courtroom, WDRB's Tamara Evans asked Stabeno if she had anything to say.

"Just that I don't want to be on TV," Darci Stabeno replied.

Stabeno is expected to appear back in court on Tuesday for a formal hearing.

The Executive Director of the Kingsfield Children's Home would only say that Stabeno was fired this week.

In court on Friday, she told the judge that she's expected to start a new job on Monday.

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