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Del. Group Home Worker Arrested for Allegedly Raping Boy

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Joniequa Macklin (Photo: Delaware State Police) Joniequa Macklin (Photo: Delaware State Police)

MIDDLETOWN, Del. - Delaware State Police have arrested a Sussex County woman in connection with a rape of a 17-year-old boy from a group home in the Middletown area where she was an employee.

State Police say the investigation began on September 4, after troopers responded to a group home in Middletown, Del. for the report of a resident who had run away. Upon their arrival, troopers say they were informed that a 17-year-old boy from the home had voluntarily left the facility around 9:40 p.m. that evening, and had not returned. Through their investigation, police say troopers learned that the boy was possibly involved in an inappropriate relationship with an employee of the home, which is believed to have begun back in July.

Police identified the worker as 32-year-old Joniequa Macklin, of Lincoln, Del. On Saturday, September 19, troopers say they received a tip that Macklin and the boy were possibly together in a home on Bright Way in Milford. Troopers responded to the home and were able to arrest Macklin, though police say she attempted to flee from the home in a vehicle. Police say the 17-year-old boy also tried to run away, but he returned a short time later.

Macklin was arrested and charged with 10 counts of fourth-degree rape, interference with custody, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree reckless endangering, knowingly abusing a resident, sexual abuse of a child by a person of trust, continuous sexual abuse of a child, and driving while suspended, according to police. Macklin was arraigned and committed to the Delores Baylor Correctional Institution for lack of $86,600 secured bail.
 
The 17 year old male victim was turned over to authorities from the Prince George's County Maryland Division of Social Services. His identity is not being released for his protection. 

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