DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A former security guard who worked at Northwest Recreation Center is charged with multiple counts of rape and unlawful sexual conduct.
41-year-old Laquita Ross was arraigned Thursday after Dayton Police allege that she raped and sexually assaulted at least six boys while she was on duty.
She is facing two counts of rape of a child under 13 years old and four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
The judge presiding says she is a moderate risk because she has a criminal history including felony charges, and officials were unable to confirm her address.
Her bond was set at $300,000 and she may be eligible for the electronic home detention program if she can give a verifiable address.
Ross was an employee of a contracted company called Moonlight Security.
Court documents indicate that the assault happened in an alley just outside the facility on Vernon Avenue between 5 pm and 9 pm.
The victims told a Dayton Police detective that she performed sex acts on the boys and asked one of them to perform a sex act on her.
Those allegations shock Linda Hunter, a woman who lives across the street from the center, but she says it does not sway her opinion on the facility itself.
“I can’t believe it, that is a very safe place. I mean, my kids grew up over here. I took them to things over there. I’ve been to the center myself and I wouldn’t think that anything like that would ever happen over there,” she says.
Moonlight Security has confirmed with 2 NEWS that Ross is no longer employed there, but would not say when she was terminated.
2 NEWS has also reached out to the City of Dayton for a comment but we have not yet heard back.
Ross has a pretrial set for April 18.