Two counselors at Children's Village suspended after alleged sexual attack
Two counselors have been suspended from a Dobbs Ferry treatment center for troubled children in the foster care system.
The suspensions come in the wake of allegations that a resident at the Children's Village Treatment Center sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy with a broomstick while one of the counselors held him down. The counselor accused of holding down the teen is 29-year-old Jason Brown of Mount Vernon.
Brown was arrested on Friday for his alleged involvement in the attack. He is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and is being held at the Westchester County Jail on $50,000 bail. Also being held at the jail on the same charge is 16-year-old Elliot Perryman, the resident who is accused of attacking the teen on Thursday night in the shower of one of the 22 cottages at the center. Another counselor who was in the building at the time of the alleged attack has also been suspended from the center.
Administrators at the treatment center say they are devastated by the allegations. They are now working with other counselors and social workers to help the kids at the center deal with the news. Acting president Mona Swanson says everyone tries so hard to make the center a therapeutic and safe environment for the children.
Both Brown and Perryman are due back in court on December 4.