Buffalo, NY – NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning announced a Licensed Practical Nurse, formerly of Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), has been sentenced to one year in jail for sexually abusing an individual in his care.

Jordan Donalson of Clarence Center (DOB 12/11/92) had pled guilty in September of 2016 to two counts of Forcible Touching, class “A” misdemeanors. The Honorable Christopher J. Burns of state Supreme Court in Erie County sentenced Donalson on January 31, 2017. He is scheduled to begin incarceration this Friday, February 3.

Sex crimes under the penal law include sexual contact of any kind between an employee and a patient when the employee has reason to know their patient is placed at a facility licensed or certified by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). 

“This plea and sentence spares the victim, already in treatment fighting addiction, the rigors of a trial,” said Special Prosecutor Gunning. “It is absolutely reprehensible that a licensed professional would victimize a patient for his own sexual gratification. The Justice Center will continue to pursue those who disregard their duties by committing sex crimes and in so doing, jeopardize a patient’s recovery.”  The matter has been referred to the NYS Department of Education for any action that agency deems appropriate regarding the defendant’s license.

Justice Center Assistant Special Prosecutor Robin Unwin prosecuted the case, which was investigated by Justice Center investigators Lisa Rhoney and Timothy McDonald with the assistance of the Buffalo Police Department.

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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2017

Contact: Bill Reynolds (518) 414-1299