A former Santa Clara County female probation counselor was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting 2 teenage male inmates while they were incarcerated at the William F. James Boys Ranch in Morgan Hill.
Caparra, 36, was arrested Thursday for 17 counts of sexual assault, 14 of which are felonies, reported Mercury News.
She has also been charged with illegally accessing confidential information on one of her alleged victims.
If she is convicted, she faces a maximum of 11.5 years in prison, according to prosecutor Luis Ramos, head of the District Attorney’s sex team.
Caparra was placed on administrative leave after one of the victims came forward in September 2016, and an internal investigation was launched, she resigned in July 2017.
“We were appalled to learn of this employee’s alleged abuse of a minor in our care,” Chief Probation Officer Laura Garnette said in a statement. “This employee violated the trust placed in our Department. This will not be tolerated. Our probation staff have worked compassionately to support both of these youth throughout this ordeal, and we remain committed to providing exemplary care to our youth.”
“The county has zero tolerance for these deplorable acts against clients in our care,” Smith said. The department took immediate action to report the employee, and implemented steps to prevent this from happening in the future.”
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)