Last Update: 7/13/2020
A sex offender living at a group home for mentally disabled adults in Gates has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing another male client at a day program for people with developmental disabilities.
52-year-old Timothy Young was arrested on Wednesday, November 6 for allegedly forcibly committing a sex act on a fellow client at the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office in Gates. Young and the alleged victim were attending a day program at the office.
Young has been charged with two counts of the first-degree criminal sex act and first-degree sexual abuse. He was arraigned and held at the Monroe County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail or $30,000 bond.
Young is a resident of a group home for mentally disabled adults on Lettington Avenue in Gates. Neighbors of that group home, local police, and lawmakers have all expressed concerns regarding the fact that many sex offenders reportedly live there, in a neighborhood with many children.
Attorney Laurence Banville of BanvilleLaw.com represents sex abuse victims and their families in lawsuits against sexual predators and negligent third parties. Laurence has offered to share some insight into the legal options available to group home sex abuse victims and their families:
In programs that work with vulnerable adults, precautionary measures must be taken in order to make sure these adults are safe from preventable dangers. Sadly, protections against sexual abuse must also be taken, as vulnerable adults are some of the most common victims of sexual crimes.
When someone in a program for developmentally disabled adults is sexually abused, it’s important to ask if the program did everything they could to prevent the crime. In some cases, these crimes only happen due to negligence by the program – such as failing to properly supervise program participants who have a history of sexual misconduct.
In cases that involve negligence, the victim and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit against the program.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused in a group home or in a program for developmentally disabled adults, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers.