New York social worker Nelson Acevado, 42,a a counselor at the Guidance Center of Westchester in New Rochelle now faces one charge of felony rape and two misdemeanors for sexual abuse in the first criminal case arising from a new state hotline meant to protect disabled New Yorkers.
According to police, Acevedo (allegedly) had the victim touch him sexually during two counseling sessions at the Center, then raped her during a third counseling session at his home. They added that “since the victim was his ‘patient’ she was incapable of consent.”
The State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special needs and hotline which opened in June 30th to help disabled New Yorkers, and is reportedly investing “1,300 cases of neglect or abuse by caregivers, including 30 criminal investigations being handled by its own prosecutor, which resulted from 7,200 reports to the hotline.”
“The ability to be able to quickly report the abuse, as in this case through the Justice Center’s phoneline enables investigations to be instigated and subsequent prosecutions to move forward,” stated Westchester County DA Janet DiFiore.
Acevado, who has been placed on administrative leave, pleaded “not guilty” in city court Monday. Bail was set at $100,000.