DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Four juveniles and one employee have been arrested following a sexual assault at a contracted Department of Juvenile Justice facility.

Walton County sheriff’s deputies responded July 5 to the Walton Academy for Growth and Change located at 286 Gene Hurley Road, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. The facility is run by Rite of Passage Inc., which is contracted through DJJ to provide a secure residential treatment program for males ages 13 to 18.

Once on scene, the clinical director of the facility told deputies a victim had been sexually assaulted by several other juveniles, the release said.

Deputies spoke with the 15-year-old victim who told them that Walter Harvey, 16, of Winterhaven, and Brian Burton, 17, of West Park, grabbed him off the couch and dragged him down the hall to a dorm room.

Once inside the dorm room, Berkley Bell, 17, of Daytona Beach, and DeQuan Myers, 17, of Tampa, held him down while Bell tried assaulting the victim with a travel-sized Pert shampoo bottle.

Surveillance footage and independent witness testimony confirmed the information provided by the victim, according to the release.

Harvey, Burton, Bell and Myers were arrested on July 6 for lewd and lascivious battery to a victim 12-16 years old and false imprisonment.

Further investigation revealed an employee of the facility, Antoine Travell Davis, 27, of Crestview, was seen on a surveillance video unlocking the cell doors where the incident occurred. After unlocking the doors, Davis left the immediate area in direct violation of facility policy.

Once the victim was picked up and forcefully taken into the cell, Davis returned to the area and can be seen standing in the doorway of the cells watching the incident occur, the release said.

Davis stands in the doorway for about one to two minutes talking with other juveniles who had gathered and appears to be laughing while the victim was being assaulted inside the cell.

After the assault, Davis and the victim engage in an altercation that turns physical after Davis grabbed the victim by the shirt and shoved him on an adjacent table.

Davis was arrested on July 12 on charges of lewd and lascivious battery and promoting sexual activity on a victim less than 16, false imprisonment and battery, according to the release.

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice issued a statement Friday afternoon regarding the incident

"DJJ does not tolerate this type of behavior and the contracted staff person involved in the incident has been terminated," the statement said. "Their actions are inexcusable and it is our expectation that they be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law."

According to the statement, the DJJ’s Office of Inspector General is currently investigating this incident and the department is ready to assist Walton County Sheriff's Office in their investigation.