A guard at the Receiving Home for Children, the District-run facility where juveniles are held pending trial, has been charged with raping a 16-year-old girl who was incarcerated there, District officials confirmed yesterday.
Larry Vauss, 33, of 1613 25th St. SE was charged Friday with rape, about two weeks after a girl at the home told police that she had been sexually assaulted by a security officer at the facility. Vauss was arraigned Friday in D.C. Superior Court and released on his own recognizance.
According to documents filed in D.C. Superior Court, Vauss has been employed by the D.C. Department of Human Services, which runs the Receiving Home, for about 3 1/2 years. Robert Malson, senior policy adviser for DHS, said yesterday that Vauss had been placed on administrative leave without pay while the girl's allegations are investigated.
Malson said the girl was returned to the custody of her parents on Oct. 15, the day after she reported the allegations to officials at the home.
According to a police affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court in support of an arrest warrant for Vauss, the girl told police that she was raped by a security officer at the home, 1000 Mount Olivet Rd. NE, early in the morning on Saturday, Oct. 12.
The girl was sleeping in a locked room and woke up about 3:30 a.m., the affidavit says, and asked a security guard to unlock her door so she could go to the bathroom. As she was returning to her room, the guard "fondled" her before locking her back inside, the affidavit says.
It says that the security officer returned about five minutes later, unlocked the door asked the girl to perform oral sex. The girl refused, and "he left the room for a short time and then returned a third time," according to the affidavit, at which point "he told her that she would be getting out soon and would be on the street where he could get to her if she told anyone."
The affidavit says the guard then had sex with the girl against her will.
Sources said that the girl, whom authorities described as a "problem child," was taken to D.C. General Hospital for a medical examination. She did not require treatment.
D.C. Commissioner of Social Services Audrey Rowe said at the time the girl made her allegations that her office was investigating "the surrounding staff, who were present and supposed to be on duty at the time, as to where they were and why no one observed that the security guard was not at his duty station." Results of that investigation could not be learned yesterday.