Tamara Rosser, Director of the City of Lynchburg’s Human Services Department, issued a statement today, Thursday, March 26, to clarify a news story that aired on ABC 13 - WSET concerning the release of Austin Rozdilski, who had been housed at the Lynchburg Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
“There are no reported COVID-19 related issues or concerns at the Lynchburg Regional Juvenile Detention Center with youth or staff,” said Rosser. “Austin Rozdilski was released and his case continued due to the emergency judicial order to minimize court hearings to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Furthermore, Mr. Rozdilski turned 18 on March 18, 2020, and as an adult, he cannot be housed at the Lynchburg Regional Juvenile Detention Center.”
Rosser further stated, “Unfortunately, the story, as WSET chose to report it, would lead people to believe that COVID-19 may be present in the Center. We want to assure the community and the families of our detainees that this is not the case whatsoever,” said Rosser. “We hope that WSET will correct the story and take more care in the future, especially regarding a subject that is so sensitive.”