A warrant has been issued for a former Youth Services System employee who has been accused of sexual abuse.
According to Marshall County Prosecutor Jeff Cramer, a warrant was issued on September 10 for Raechel Miles, 21 of Wheeling, who is accused of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian.
Youth Services System responded on Monday with the following statement:
“Along with the West Virginia State Police, Youth Services System has been investigating an incident involving a YSS staff person and a youth who was in our care. That staff person is no longer in our employ. Our mission to serve youths in crisis begins with a commitment to their safety and security. When hired, our employees undergo rigorous background checks and extensive, ongoing training. Youths in our care have experienced trauma, and we work diligently to re-build their trust and self-esteem. Part of the mission of YSS is to ensure that our youths recover from crisis, build life skills, and become confident in themselves. We take great pains with staff hiring, training and supervision to guarantee that our youths are safe and are treated with dignity and respect. Alleged acts like these violate our longtime commitment to young people and their families. We have zero tolerance for the alleged behavior by anyone in contact with youths in our care, especially YSS staff members.”
The statement continued: The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has also been made aware of this matter. This is an ongoing investigation, and we will respect the need for the authorities to have full access to YSS as well as our complete cooperation. YSS intends to limit our communications with the press pending completion of the investigation. We want to assure the community that the safety and well-being of each child in our care is our first and foremost concern.”
Youth Services System operates in Ohio and Marshall counties.