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Former director of child advocacy center arrested on theft charge

The former director of a Richmond, Ind. children’s justice and advocacy center was arrested Friday morning on 12 counts of theft.

The investigation into Tamyra Pressnall, 44, began in March, after investigators were contacted by the Wayne County prosecutor. Pressnall was relieved of her duties as the director of JACY House when the probe began.
The JACY House provides support and counseling to victims of child abuse and neglect, and is a facility used by law enforcement in investigations.

Authorities said JACY House staff members found charges and activity on a bank statement for the center that did not seem appropriate and reported the incident to the county prosecutor.  Preliminary investigation revealed Pressnall allegedly made unauthorized purchases in Indiana and Ohio, using the center’s accounts. The purchases totaled less than $5,000.

Pressnall was incarcerated at the Wayne County Jail on a $7,500 bond.  She has been the director of the center since 2010.