A.G. Schneiderman Announces Arrest Of Former Nursing Home Counselor For Alleged Sexual Abuse Of Residents Who Suffered From Traumatic Brain Injuries

 News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

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July 28, 2016

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES ARREST OF FORMER NURSING HOME COUNSELOR FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL ABUSE OF RESIDENTS WHO SUFFERED FROM TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES

Jacky Stanley Allegedly Used His Position To Gain Access To Impaired Residents

PEARL RIVER—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the arrest of Jacky Stanley, a former employee of Northeast Center for Special Care, for allegedly sexually abusing two residents of the facility, both of whom suffered from traumatic brain injuries. Northeast is one of the largest rehabilitation centers in the country specializing in persons with acquired traumatic brain injury.

“Committing sexual abuse against vulnerable New Yorkers is deplorable, and the allegations in this case are incredibly disturbing,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “We will not allow individuals to exploit their role as caretakers in order to take advantage of those they are meant to protect. Those who commit acts of sexual abuse will be punished.”

Northeast offers care and rehabilitation to individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries caused by stroke, motor vehicle accidents, falls and other catastrophic events. Stanley was employed as a counselor at Northeast and was responsible for helping new residents acclimate to the Center. Stanley’s duties, as a “Neighborhood Counselor,” included managing the residents’ social environment and ensuring that residents participated in their required programs.

Between September and November 2014, Stanley allegedly used his position to gain access to a resident multiple times and forcibly perform sex acts on him, including oral sex. In February 2015, Stanley again allegedly used his entrusted position to perform oral sex on another resident while the resident slept. Stanley was suspended and then terminated from the facility based upon allegations of sexual abuse.

Stanley, 50, of Kingston, is charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, a class B felony, five counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony, and related charges. He faces up to twenty-five years in prison. He was arraigned today before the Hon. Marsha S. Weiss in Ulster Town Court. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 property bond. The charges against the defendant are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The Attorney General thanks the Town of Ulster Police Department, particularly Detectives William Moylan and Joshua Normann, and the Northeast Center for Special Care for their assistance in this matter.  

The investigation was led by Investigators Frank Bluszcz and Peter Olsen with the assistance of Supervising Special Investigator Peter Markiewicz and Deputy Chief Kenneth Morgan. Special Assistant Attorney General William McClarnon of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Pearl River Regional Office is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Regional Director Anne Jardine. Thomas O’Hanlon is MFCU’s Chief of Criminal Investigations–Downstate. Director Amy Held and Assistant Deputy Attorney General Paul Mahoney lead MFCU. The Division of Criminal Justice is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan.

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