Albany, NY – NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning announced that a former employee of Albany’s St. Anne Institute pled guilty to abusing a resident in his care.

Brant Conine (DOB: 08/11/1973) of Gloversville, pled guilty to one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class “A” Misdemeanor, with an agreed upon sentence of interim probation. If Conine successfully completes interim probation, he will be allowed to withdraw his initial plea and ultimately plead to a violation.

The defendant admitted during his plea to lifting the victim into the air, throwing her to the ground and placing his arm around the victim’s neck during an incident at the facility in October 2015. The victim suffered pain to her head and throat and an abrasion on her arm. The incident was captured on a St. Anne surveillance camera.

The incident came to light when a co-worker reported it to the Justice Center. St. Anne is licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services and the State Education Department.

“This case was about two kinds of abuse: abuse of authority and physical abuse,” said Special Prosecutor Gunning. “This defendant ignored his training, his knowledge of the victim’s background and attacked her. Through his plea, the defendant took responsibility for his actions and this disposition avoided the need for the victim to testify at trial, a prospect that would have further traumatized her.”

Conine pled before the Honorable Gary F. Stiglmeier of Albany City Court. He will return to court May 31. Supervising Assistant Special Prosecutor Rachel Dunn prosecuted the case. Special Prosecutor Gunning thanked St. Anne Institute officials for their swift action in reporting this case and the State Education Department for its assistance in the investigation.

About the Justice Center

The Justice Center operates a toll-free hotline for people to report allegations of abuse, neglect, and significant incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The Justice Center encourages anyone who has witnessed or has reasonable cause to suspect that a person with special needs has been abused or neglected, or is in danger of being abused or neglected, to make a report. 

Individuals who are employed by or who volunteer at a facility or program under the Justice Center’s jurisdiction and certain human services professionals are designated as mandated reporters. These individuals have a legal duty to make a report when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a vulnerable person has been mistreated.

The Justice Center provides mandated reporters with training and guidance to understand their critical role in protecting vulnerable people.

The Justice Center ensures that all reports of abuse and neglect are investigated, including collaborating with local law enforcement agencies when appropriate, prosecutes criminal offenses, and pursues administrative sanctions against staff found to be responsible for misconduct. The Justice Center also provides advocacy services and guidance to victims, their families, personal representatives, and guardians.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2017  Contact: Bill Reynolds (518) 549-0200