An Albany man who works at St. Colman’s Home has been accused of assaulting an adolescent in his care.
The New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs said Erik Cargile, 28, grabbed, punched, slapped and twisted the arm of a 14-year-old resident of the facility, which is certified by the state Office of Children and Family Services. The youth was taken to Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released, according to the Justice Center, a state agency formed in 2013 and tasked with investigating allegations of abuse and neglect of people with special needs.
Cargile is also accused of concealing the Jan. 4 assault by intentionally failing to mention the altercation in the facility’s log book.
The incident first came to the attention of law enforcement when a staff member at the facility reported the incident to the Justice Center’s Vulnerable Persons Central Register Hotline, according to the center. The allegations were investigated by Colonie police detectives, with assistance from Justice Center investigators, and Cargile was arrested Wednesday.
Cargile was arraigned in Colonie Town Court on felony counts of first-degree tampering with public records and first-degree falsifying business records, as well as misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He was sent to the Albany County jail in lieu of $15,000 bail and is due to return to Town Court at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Cargile was also suspended from his position at St. Colman’s Home.