Brooklyn, NY – NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning announced a youth division aide at Ella McQueen Reception Center for Boys and Girls in Brooklyn has been arrested on charges he endangered the welfare of a youth in his care while putting the youth in a restraint.

Charlie Davis (DOB: 02/09/1965) of the Bronx, is charged with:

  • One count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class "A" misdemeanor;
  • One count of Official Misconduct, a class "A" misdemeanor;
  • One count of Forcible Touching, a class "A" misdemeanor;
  • One count of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, a class "A" misdemeanor; and
  • One count of Harassment in the Second Degree, a violation.

The defendant, a state employee, is alleged to have kissed a teenager on the neck during a restraint on 11/27/2016 at the Ella McQueen Reception Center, which is operated by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Davis was arraigned in Kings County Criminal Court before the Honorable Odessa Kennedy and released on his own recognizance. Davis is scheduled to appear in court on April 10. Ella McQueen Reception Center serves as an intake facility, assessing and preparing youth for later placement in an OCFS facility.

“Youth are placed in OCFS facilities after extreme difficulties in their lives. Employees, under appropriate circumstances are trained to restrain these young people to protect them or others from harm,” said Special Prosecutor Gunning. “For a state employee to seize that opportunity to kiss a child in an intimate way, as this defendant is alleged to have done, is inexcusable and the defendant will be held accountable.”

Supervising Assistant Special Prosecutor David Kim is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by Justice Center investigators Cynthia Young, Stephen Deninno and Edgar Bourdon. Special Prosecutor Gunning thanked the office of the Kings County District Attorney for their support of this Justice Center led prosecution.

About the Justice Center

The Justice Center began operations on June 30, 2013. It operates a toll-free hotline that receives reports of allegations of abuse, neglect and significant incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Anyone who witnesses or suspects the abuse or neglect of a person with special needs can make a report. Mandated reporters who have reasonable cause to suspect that a reportable incident has occurred by staff must report it to the Justice Center immediately upon discovery. The Justice Center is not a first responder, so if a report involves an emergency situation, the caller is instructed to hang up and dial 9-1-1.

The Justice Center is authorized to investigate all reports of abuse and neglect, pursue administrative sanctions against staff found responsible for misconduct and its Special Prosecutor/Inspector General shares jurisdiction with local district attorneys to prosecute criminal offense allegations. The Justice Center notifies local district attorneys of all potential criminal cases.

Justice Center Individual and Family Support advocates provide guidance and information to victims, their families, personal representatives and guardians about the reporting and investigation process, offer support during criminal court proceedings and are available to accompany victims during interviews and court appearances.

Editor’s note: In compliance with Rule 3.6(b)(6) of the Rules of Professional Conduct, you are advised that a charge is an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 10, 2017 Contact: Bill Reynolds (518) 549-0200