Dayton security guard child sex case: ‘There may be additional victims’

LaQuita L. Ross appeared via video in court Thursday.

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LaQuita L. Ross appeared via video in court Thursday.

A 41-year-old security guard working at a Dayton recreation center has been charged with multiple counts of rape and unlawful sexual conduct with at least five boys ages 12 to 15 on the same March day while on duty. Law enforcement said Thursday there may be more victims.

LaQuita L. Ross, who was an employee of Moonlight Security and assigned to the Northwest Recreation Center on Princeton Drive, was arraigned Thursday in Dayton Municipal Court.

Ross was arrested April 9 and booked into the Montgomery County Jail. She stands accused of two counts of rape and four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, according to court records.

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Dayton Municipal Court Judge Deirdre Logan set Ross’ bond at $300,000 cash or surety and scheduled an April 18 preliminary hearing. The judge said if Ross made bail, she would be required to be electronically monitored.

Logan said Ross scored “moderate” on the Ohio risk assessment score because of her criminal history. The judge said pretrial services had concern about the lack of a verifiable address.

Ross appeared via video for her arraignment, but she had family in the courtroom.

“She’s my mom,” a woman identifying herself as Ross’ daughter, Eunique, said after the arraignment. “At the end of the day, I love her regardless of what she did.”

On March 19, Ross allegedly performed sex acts on five boys ages 13, 13, 13, 15 and 12 in an alley behind Vernon Avenue — a short walk from the center — between 5 and 9 p.m., according to an affidavit and statement of facts.

“There is reason to believe there may be additional victims,” said Greg Flannagan, spokesman for the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Anyone with information was urged to contact Dayton police Detective Elizabeth Alley at (937) 333-7619.

Eight people were interviewed about the case, according to a Dayton police report.

The affidavit states the juveniles disclosed the specific allegations when they were forensically interviewed at CARE House.

A woman who identified herself as Moonlight Security’s HR director said Ross “is no longer an employee” with the company, whose website advertises, “Enforcement With A Smile.”

The woman named Ashley would not elaborate on when Ross’ employment ended.

A 911 regional dispatch center sergeant said there were no calls from the recreation center or the address where the alleged crimes took place.

“You expect a that the security guard is there to do their job, and that’s to make sure the kids are safe and secure in that place, but obviously not,” said Jasmine Davis, who said she’s hesitant to send her nephews and nieces back to the facility.

“I feel so sorry for the kids … that’s something that they never should have to go through, and it’s sad that they got their innocence taken away.”

Ross was charged last month in municipal court with drunk driving and other traffic offenses. She is scheduled in that case for an April 23 pretrial conference.

Ross was booked into jail for menacing in August 2017 but the charge was cleared, according to online records.

Ross also was booked into jail in 2000 on a forgery charge that was cleared as well as a Vandalia Municipal Court misdemeanor assault charge in 2001 for which Ross was punished, according to records.

The City of Dayton contracts with Moonlight Security to provide security at the rec center, according to city spokeswoman Toni Bankston.

A message was left with Bankston asking whether Dayton officials are provided background checks of contracted security guards or if a criminal history would prevent people for working with companies that contract with the city.

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