• Woman granted injunction against her probation officer amid sexual battery claims


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A probation officer with the Department of Corrections is facing a permanent injunction after a woman he was supposed to be supervising came forward with sexual battery allegations.

    The injunction states that Senior Probation Officer Marcellas Durham Jr. is under criminal investigation for allegedly sexually battering a woman he was supervising.

    The victim told Channel 9 she was repeatedly threatened by Durham to have her probation violated.

    "He told me continually that I owed him," said the woman, who didn't want to be identified.

    Durham didn't want to discuss the allegations with WFTV Tuesday evening.

    "I'm not going to answer any questions. I'm sorry," Durham said.

    The victim said she decided to come forward with her accusations against the 30-year corrections employee after two years of abuse.

    "Who would have ever believed a convicted felon on community control? No one would ever believe me," she said.

    According to the woman, she first met Durham after being put on probation for trafficking drugs, but her opinion of him changed early on when he made a comment about a drug test.

    "I said, 'There's no problem.' He said, 'Oh there better not be a problem or I'm going to have to spank you,'" the victim told Eyewitness News.

    The victim said she filed an injunction for protection against the probation officer. In it, she wrote that on one occasion Durham showed up when she was showering and he came inside and grabbed her towel off of her. A judge granted the injunction on the grounds of sexual violence.

    "He's not above the law. For a long time I always thought that he was," the victim said.

    At this point, Durham is not facing criminal charges in connection with the case, which is under investigation.

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