Florida juvenile officer accused of trading food for sex with inmates

Suspect faces sexual battery charges


LARGO, Fla. – Authorities in Florida say a juvenile guard who was arrested last week was trading food and drink with underage inmates in exchange for sexual favors.

Pinellas County Juvenile Detention officer Joshua Harrison is facing two counts of sexual battery, one count of simple battery and one count of introduction of contraband in a juvenile detention facility.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Harrison was arrested and fired from his job last week.

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says Harrison was "grooming" his victims and sexually assaulted three 17-year-old boys in January. Five other juveniles have reported that Harrison approached them as well.

Online court records listed no attorney for Harrison. Jail records showed he was still being held with a bond of more than $305,000.