Police are charging a supervisor at a Bergen County treatment center for
disabled and emotionally disturbed children with sexually abusing a teenager
who lived there two years ago.
The Paterson man, 39, was arrested after a month-long investigation by
the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.
The teen is a former resident of the Holley Center in Hackensack. According
to media sources, she reported the alleged abuse to law enforcement officials.
The suspect is a unit supervisor at the facility. He's been charged
with the following: Endangering the welfare of a minor (a second-degree
crime) and aggravated criminal sexual contact (a third-degree crime).
The facility is operated by the Youth Consultation Services as a home for
kids who have development disabilities (including autism) or who are emotionally
disturbed. It can house 67 children between the ages of six and 13, according
to its website.
The organization has 300 beds in 55 facilities across the state. Children
are referred there by the state's Division of Developmental Disabilities
and Department of Children and Families.
The nonprofit organization's chief executive officer said they had
no prior knowledge of the accusations against the supervisor.
The suspect has worked at the facility for eight years, the CEO said, and
has passed detailed background checks.
After the suspect was arrested by Hackensack police, he was taken to Bergen
County Jail and held there in lieu of $75,000 bail that does not include
a 10 percent cash payment option.
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Source: NorthJersey.com, "Supervisor at Hackensack center for emotionally
disturbed children arrested for alleged sexual abuse," July 24, 2012