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OHIO Prison official gets demoted



Published: Fri, February 11, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Shannon Teague was moved to the position of mental health administrator.

DELAWARE (AP) -- The superintendent of Ohio's only prison for girls, where guards have been accused of abusing inmates, was demoted just three weeks after she started the job, officials said.

Shannon Teague, 35, was switched Tuesday to a mental health administrator position at the state Department of Youth Services' central office in Columbus. Her salary also was cut from $68,640 to $64,334.

Teague was the fifth superintendent in the past year at the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility, where 11 guards have been indicted on charges of assaulting and sexually abusing inmates.

The incident prompting Teague's demotion started with a disagreement with a subordinate over Teague's missing car keys, Department of Youth Services spokeswoman Andrea Kruse said Thursday.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol took an "injured person" report, but the unnamed employee decided not to press charges, Sgt. Joe Luebbers said.

Luebbers said the person suffered a minor injury, but he couldn't provide specifics of the incident.

Teague did not return a message seeking comment left at her office Thursday. A youth services department employee since 1996, she was superintendent of the Mohican Juvenile Correctional Facility in Ashland County before taking over at Scioto on Jan. 18.

Thomas Stickrath, interim director of the youth services department, said Teague was demoted for unprofessional behavior.

Tim Mason, a deputy superintendent at Scioto, was named acting superintendent.

Scioto is located about 15 miles north of Columbus and houses about 100 girls, Kruse said.




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