A former corrections officer who allegedly allowed kids to fight each other at a Cobb County youth detention facility has turned himself in to authorities.
Trevor Adrian Coker was booked into the Cobb County Adult Detention Facility on Monday, March 18. He is charged with three counts of cruelty to children in the first degree and one count of violation of oath public office.
Glenn Allen, a spokesperson with the Department of Juvenile Justice, said warrants for Coker’s arrest were originally issued in May, but Cobb sheriff’s deputies were unable to locate him until his arrest. Coker, 33, of Honey Grove, Texas, was released Monday on a $11,220 bond, Cobb jail records show.
According to an arrest warrant signed May 29, 2018, by a Cobb magistrate court judge, Coker was employed as a corrections officer with the Department of Juvenile Justice when he allowed three youths at the Marietta Youth Regional Detention Center to fight each other inside a room between May 6 and May 8, 2018.
One child suffered injuries to his head and face and had a tooth knocked out.
According to his personnel file, Coker was hired as a juvenile corrections officer on Nov. 1, 2017, and resigned May 11, 2018, after the state opened an investigation into his alleged activities.
Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery Niles said the agency does not “condone or tolerate the mistreatment of youth in our custody.”
“These actions of Coker were unacceptable and violated agency policies as well as state laws of Georgia,” he said.
The youth detention center at 1575 County Services Parkway in Marietta serves Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties.
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