NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Nelson Acevedo, counselor at The Guidance Center in New Rochelle, was arraigned on a felony charge of rape in the third degree and two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree, the district attorney's office announced Tuesday in a press release.
Acevedo, 42, is a counselor at The Guidance Center of Westchester in New Rochelle. There, he allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a patient. On two separate occasions during counseling sessions at The Guidance Center, Acevedo sexually abused the victim by having her touch him in an explicit manner, according to the release.
On a third occasion, at his place of residence at 1 Beaufort Circle, he allegedly raped the victim during a counseling session, according to the release.
According to the district attorney, the victim was incapable of consent because she was a patient and the defendant was a mental health care provider and the sexual acts occurred during a treatment session.
“Children, the elderly and people with special needs are some of society’s most vulnerable. To have the same people who they seek out for help and protection exploit and abuse them is the worst type of betrayal,” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore in the release.
This case investigation originated with a call to the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs' statewide hotline.
The allegations were investigated by the Justice Center, New Rochelle Police and the Sex Crimes Bureau of the District Attorney’s office.
Acevedo's bail is set at $100,000. His next court date is Aug. 19. He faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison on the top charge.
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