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Former Ector County Youth Center Employee Confesses to Having Sex With a Teen Inmate

By Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - A former Ector County Youth Center employee was arrested. She's accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy and it turns out he was an inmate at the center.

The former employee, 26-year-old Amber Marie Mendoza, was charged with sexual assault to a child. According to the arrest report, Mendoza had sex with a 16-year-old inmate while he was on a weekend furlough. 

Back in August of 2014, Mendoza met up with the teen at his mom's RV in West Odessa when he was out for the weekend. That's where to two had sex in the kitchen.

The report says that the young boy was telling other inmates about what happened. An audio recording of that was submitted for evidence. On March 6, Mendoza confessed at the Ector County Sheriff's Office that she did have sex with the young inmate.

But it doesn't end there. Mendoza is facing an additional charge. The arrest report says Mendoza let several inmates at the Ector County Youth Center use her cell phone. She also confessed to that crime. If convicted of both charges, she'll be behind bars for up to 30 years. 

NewsWest 9 tried getting a hold of the Ector County Youth Center multiple times Wednesday to ask about Mendoza. Our calls were never returned and when we went to the center, the director declined an interview.

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