Brooklyn, NY – NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning today announced a 48-year-old Bronx man, employed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) as a Youth Division Aide was sentenced to 12 years for raping, sodomizing, sexually abusing and endangering the welfare of a teenage girl in his care.

Barry Proctor (DOB: 10/28/1968) of the Bronx, who was convicted in September on felony charges of Rape in the Third Degree and Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree, is to serve 12 years in state prison with seven years post-release supervision. Proctor will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.  The Honorable John G. Ingram of Kings County State Supreme Court sentenced Proctor today. Proctor, employed at the Ella McQueen Reception Center for Boys and Girls in Brooklyn, had been suspended from his position.

Proctor targeted the underage girl over the course of several weeks in 2014. After a period of grooming her, the defendant raped the girl and had her perform oral sex on him several times.   Along with being underage, the victim was also legally incapable of providing consent to sexual contact because under the state penal law, sexual contact of any kind between an employee and a resident is illegal, when the employee has reason to know the individual is a resident or inpatient at an OCFS facility.

“This public servant abused his authority, raped and repeatedly sodomized a teenager. Such unconscionable acts warrant significant punishment. Justice was surely served for the victim who bravely faced the defendant in court during harrowing testimony,” said Special Prosecutor Gunning. “We are grateful to the other state employees who reported the abuse and testified at trial alongside, and in support of, the victim. Others who might think youngsters in their care are easily targeted should take heed at what happened today.”  Gunning thanked staff members of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance during the trial.

The case was investigated by Justice Center Investigators Jessica Welker, Kellie Hanley, John Mullins and Edgar Bourdon who arrested Proctor earlier this year with the assistance of the New York City Police Department and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Justice Center Supervising Assistant Special Prosecutor David Kim and Assistant Special Prosecutor Edwin Ferguson, with the assistance of Supervising Assistant Special Prosecutor Rachel Dunn.

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.