Case investigated and prosecuted by the Justice Center

Brooklyn, NY – NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning today announced that Abioudun Aliyu, who is employed by the Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brooklyn, was arrested and arraigned in Kings County Criminal Court on a 5-count criminal complaint charging him with abusing a 15-year-old in his care.

“Adolescents in the custody of the state deserve to be safe and be treated with dignity and respect,” said Special Prosecutor Gunning. “Those responsible for protecting these at-risk youth who disregard their responsibilities, like this defendant is alleged to have done, will be held accountable.”

The complaint charges Aliyu (DOB: 12/25/63) of Brooklyn with:

  • One count of Endangering the Welfare a Child, a class “A” misdemeanor;
  • One count of Attempted Assault in the Third degree, a class “B” misdemeanor;
  • One count of Menacing in the Second degree, a class “A” misdemeanor;
  • One count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth degree, a class “A” misdemeanor; and
  • One count of Harassment in the Second degree, a Violation.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on October 31, 2015 when the defendant allegedly threw a chair at the victim after a physical encounter.

Aliyu was arraigned before the Honorable Laura R. Johnson, Judge of the Criminal Court of Kings County. The defendant was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on September 22, 2016. He was suspended from his position. The case is being prosecuted by Justice Center Assistant Special Prosecutor Edwin Ferguson.

The Justice Center and its statewide hotline and incident reporting system began operations on June 30, 2013. It is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week by trained professionals who receive reports of allegations of abuse and neglect of people with special needs. Once a report is received by its Vulnerable Persons Central Register (VPCR) Hotline, it is logged and assessed. Serious cases of abuse or neglect are assigned to the Justice Center’s investigation team or, when appropriate, to a local law enforcement agency for follow-up.

Through the services provided by the Justice Center’s Individual and Family Support Unit, victims, their families, personal representatives and guardians receive guidance and information about the reporting and investigation process and support during criminal cases and court proceedings.

Crossroads Juvenile Center is licensed by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). OCFS is one of six state agencies under the jurisdiction of the Justice Center. The Justice Center also oversees certain facilities or programs that are operated, licensed or certified by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Department of Health (DOH), the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the State Education Department (SED).

Editor’s note: In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.