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"She has even tried to kill herself.  Down there, at the other facility they got her in now, cut her wrist and got a long scar on her arm and everything man."

We're calling this man "Bob".  He said his 15-year-old daughter tried to kill herself after she endured a nightmare at the Harris County Juvenile Facility in Downtown Houston.

Investigators arrested Robert Robinson, 28, in October.  He worked as a Harris County juvenile detention officer.  He is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old detainee in May.

That teen is Bob's daughter.

"I just couldn't believe they would let something like that go on down there.  It devastated me," he said.

Bob and his wife have reached out to the Stern Law Group.  They have filed a $2 million federal lawsuit against Robinson and Harris County.

The attorneys want to know how a male guard was able to be alone with a 15-year-old girl in her cell.  The federal filing alleges those visits happened three times in week before Robinson allegedly struck.

"The policies and the system failed here.  Typically, you wouldn't have a male guard in a female section and vice-versa," Jeffrey Stern said.

According to the lawsuit, Robinson was able to lure the young girl in with gifts, like candy.  He took advantage of her at his leisure.

"She was groomed over a period of time without anyone suspecting this was going on, that allowed this to go on," attorney Keith Lapeze said.

Bob's daughter has since been moved away from the facility to another juvenile lockup to serve out the remainder of her 18 months.  

Bob said that hasn't stopped the 15-year-old from attempting to take her own life.

"It never should've happened.  It never should have happened."

The county had no comment as they have yet to receive the lawsuit.

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