14-year-old allegedly sodomized at treatment center in Dobbs Ferry

(11/23/03) DOBBS FERRY - Police say a 16-year-old student is accused of sodomizing a 14-year-old with a broomstick while an adult counselor (pictured) held the victim down. The attack allegedly happened at Children's Village in Dobbs Ferry, a residential treatment center for troubled children in the foster care system.

Dobbs Ferry police say the attack happened between 9:00 and 10:00 Thursday night inside in a shower room of one of the 22 cottages on the Children's Village campus, located at the end of Walgrove Avenue. The 14-year-old victim, who has not been identified, was allegedly chased and cornered by Elliot Perryman, a resident of the center. Then, cops say Jason Brown (pictured), an assistant cottage supervisor there, held the victim held down. The two suspects then assaulted the 14-year-old, say cops. Friday morning, the victim reported the assault to the staff at Children's Village. He was taken to a campus infirmary, then to St. Joseph's Hospital in Yonkers, where he was treated and released. Police say they have had both attackers, 16-year-old Perryman and 29-year-old Brown, in custody since Friday.

The alleged attacker and counselor were arrested that same day and charged with felony sex abuse. On Sunday, News 12 Westchester went to the Mount Vernon apartment where Brown reportedly lives, but no one answered. Cops say he has no prior criminal record. A spokesperson for Children's Village says counselor Jason Brown had been working as an assistant cottage supervisor since June. Like all staff, he had reportedly been fingerprinted and drug-tested and had passed the background check.

Members of the DA's office are working with Dobbs Ferry police on the investigation. Both Brown and Perryman are being held in the County Jail on $50,000 bail each. If convicted, they could get 25 years in prison. Also, orders of protection have been issued prohibiting any contact between the two suspects and the 14-year-old victim.

This is not the first time violence has erupted at Children's Village, Westchester's largest residential treatment center. This alleged attack was the most serious incident at the center since June of 2002, when 16-year-old Clifford Lightner was accused of luring another student into the woods and slashing his throat. Lightner was charged with attempted murder.

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