August 13, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A social worker at a Westchester County mental health center has been accused a raping a client in the first criminal case from the state's new hotline meant to protect disabled New Yorkers.
Authorities say 42-year-old Nelson Acevedo, a counselor at the Guidance Center of Westchester in New Rochelle, faces one count of felony rape and two misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse.
He pleaded not guilty Monday in city court, with bail set at $100,000. He's been placed on administrative leave. A call to his attorney was not initially returned Tuesday.
A complaint was first reported to the 24-hour hotline at the state Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, where the report was processed and the caller told to contact New Rochelle police, who investigated.