Binghamton, NY – NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning today announced a former Family Life Specialist employed by The Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference was arrested and arraigned on a misdemeanor endangerment charge for allegedly smoking marijuana with 14-year-old child, while on an outing with the child.

Michael Greenwood (DOB: 11/13/89) of Endicott was charged with:

  • One count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class "A" misdemeanor;
  • One count of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree, a class “A misdemeanor; and
  • One count of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree, a misdemeanor.

“Employees who disregard the laws of the state and put teenagers in their care at risk by transporting them without a valid driver’s license, failing to document incidents in an effort to cover up misconduct and who endanger their welfare will be held accountable,” said Special Prosecutor Gunning.

The charges in this case stem from a February 2016 incident in which Greenwood allegedly took a 14-year-old child on an outing, gave the child marijuana and then smoked marijuana with the child. The defendant’s driver’s license was suspended at the time of the incident.  Greenwood is also charged with falsifying business records as staff are required to make an entry in a house log if they observe a child using an illegal substance which the defendant failed to do.

Greenwood was arraigned in Binghamton City Court on December 19, 2016 before the Honorable Carol A. Cocchiola and released on his own recognizance. He has been terminated from his position. Justice Center Supervising Assistant Special Prosecutor Linda Gafford is prosecuting the case. Justice Center Investigator Bruce Hall conducted the investigation.

The Children’s Home is licensed and certified by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).

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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.

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