SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A former Orange County juvenile correctional officer was due in court Tuesday to be arraigned on child abuse charges for allegedly rubbing the shoes of three minors in urine while the minors were in her care, according to prosecutors.
Tamie Marie Bieker, 38, was terminated by the Orange County Probation Department (OCPD) in December amid allegations that the minors were forced to urinate where they stood after being denied access to the restroom.
Prosecutors with the Orange County District Attorney’s office say after a 14-year-old urinated in his room at the Juvenile Hall in Orange on July 21, 2014, Bieker rubbed the victim’s shoes in the urine.
Bieker is also accused of denying a 17-year-old access to the restroom after he repeatedly asked for permission on July 28, 2014, prompting the victim to urinate in his room near the door after he could no longer wait, according to prosecutors.
Once the urine seeped into the hall, Bieker allegedly approached the victim’s room, kicking his shoes into the urine and forcing him to put the shoes on, prosecutors said.
The victim started to put on his shoes but hesitated when he felt they were wet, and Bieker is accused of insisting he put them on and making him walk in them, according to prosecutors.
In a third alleged incident on Aug. 6, 2014, Bieker is accused of denying a 13-year-old access to the restroom after he asked for permission three times in two hours. When the alleged victim notified Bieker that he couldn’t wait any longer, Bieker is accused of warning him not to urinate in his room, prosecutors said.
After the boy urinated, Bieker allegedly approached his room with gloves on. At that point, Bieker is accused of picking up the victim’s canvas shoes that were in front of his door, turning them over, rubbing the tops of both shoes in the urine, putting them back beside the alleged victim’s door, and smiling at him, said prosecutors.
Bieker is charged with three misdemeanor counts of child abuse. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of three years in Orange County Jail, according to prosecutors.