Friday, January 27, 2006

Child Welfare Worker Arrested in Alleged Child Sex Assault

Child welfare worker arrested in alleged sex assault
January 27, 2006, 2:21 PM EST

NEW YORK -- The city's beleaguered child welfare agency was dealt another blow on Friday when police arrested one of its employees for allegedly sexually assaulting his teenage daughter.

Police offered only sketchy details of the case, which comes amid a public outcry over recent deaths of children in homes monitored by the Administration for Children's Services.

At a news conference, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly did not name the suspect, but described him as a supervisor who had worked for the agency for 10 years. Agency officials had no immediate comment.

Kelly said the man was arrested after his 15-year daughter and her mother showed up at 3 a.m. at an East Harlem precinct. The girl told investigators she was a victim of "repeated abuse" by her father during weekend visits to his home, Kelly said.

The suspect was picked up for questioning and allegedly made incriminating statements before being arrested. Kelly said he was facing possible sex assault charges involving both the 15-year-old and another daughter of the estranged couple, age 23.

Investigators believe the man also may have victimized the 14-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, also a child welfare worker, police said.

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