According to Patch.com, Ovzie Cannon, a 40-year-old youth support specialist at the Brentwood Residential Center for Girls in Dix Hills, New York, was indicted on rape charges on Monday.
Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney described the allegations against Cannon in a news release, saying, “This defendant miserably violated his duty of care to the victim by allegedly taking advantage of his position of trust and authority in order to satisfy his sexual desires. No child should ever have to endure sexual abuse, let alone at a facility in which they should feel safe. My office will always seek justice for victims of sexual abuse by aggressively prosecuting sexual predators such as this defendant.”
Cannon was employed at the facility, which serves delinquent female girls between the ages of 12 and 18, between January and February of this year. He was assigned to monitor the girl's room, and allegedly had sexual intercourse with her more than once after giving her edibles.
Cannon was arraigned on Monday and faces two counts of third-degree rape, two counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, and endangering the welfare of a child. He was ordered held on $250,000 cash, $500,000 bond, or $2.5 million partially secured bond.
Attorney Laurence Banville is an experienced sexual abuse lawyer in New York. During an interview, Laurence shared legal rights available for victims sexually abused while living at a residential detention center for girls.
"Juvenile detention workers have a duty to ensure the safety of the youth residing at the center. This includes protecting them from abuse, both physical and sexual. They have a legal responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment for the youth by vetting and properly training staff and thoroughly investigating any reports of abuse."
"Victims of sexual abuse while living at a youth detention center have the right to seek legal recourse. These victims may be able to seek damages for the harm and suffering they have endured. Furthermore, they may be able to pursue civil litigation against the responsible parties, including the facility and its personnel, for neglecting to protect them while in their care."
"No one should suffer from any form of abuse, especially in a setting where they should be safe and secure. I encourage all victims of sexual abuse in juvenile detention centers to seek legal counsel to pursue their legal rights fully."