Stephen Hunter, brother of Judge Tracie Hunter, on paid leave pending juvenile court investigation

CINCINNATI - The superintendent for the Hamilton County Juvenile Court Youth Center has placed one of his employees on paid administrative leave pending a review of potential violation of policy and/or administrative review.

The employee, Stephen Hunter, who is the brother of Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie M. Hunter, was placed on leave July 9, as confirmed in a memo released by Curtis E. Kissinger, Hamilton County Court Administrator, per an open records request filed by WCPO's I-Team reporter Jason Law.

The memo, signed by superintendent Dwayne Bowman and assistant superintendent Brian Bell, states that the review is the result of possible violations of Youth Center and/or Juvenile Court policy and procedure.

Hunter was ordered to turn over his identification badge, have no contact with anyone except his managers, and refrain from being present on Youth Center facility grounds in the memo.

In his note to WCPO, Kissinger stated "since the incident that is the subject of your request is related to a pending investigation, the Juvenile Court cannot provide any documents which pertain to the investigation until such time as the investigation is concluded."

Judge Tracie M. Hunter was elected juvenile court judge for a term beginning in January 2011. She was not sworn into office until May 25, 2012 after a lengthy legal challenge was filed by her against the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

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