Oneida, NY – NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning announced a counselor who was employed by Liberty Resources, Inc. has been charged with sexually abusing an individual receiving treatment at a residential facility.

Javaughn L. Hall (DOB: 07/30/1994) of Liverpool is charged with three counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, a class “A” misdemeanor. Hall, who resigned from his position, was arraigned before the Honorable Anthony P. Eppolito of Oneida City Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to reappear in court February 17. The charges stemmed from three incidents which occurred in December 2016.

“Sexually abusing an individual in residential care is not only illegal but also an abuse of authority that can jeopardize a patient’s recovery,” said Special Prosecutor Gunning. “The Justice Center will continue to hold workers who exploit people trying to recover from addiction accountable for their misconduct.”

The NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) licenses and certifies the program where the incident occurred. Under state penal law, sexual contact of any kind between an employee and a patient, when the employee has reason to know his or her patient is a resident or inpatient at a facility operated or licensed by OASAS, constitutes a crime.

Supervising Assistant Special Prosecutor Linda E. Gafford is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by Justice Center Investigator John Dellerba and New York State Police Investigator Andrew Wilmot. Gunning thanked Madison County District Attorney William G. Gabor for his support of the 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: February 8, 2017

Contact: Bill Reynolds (518) 414-1299