WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – A Williamsville man is charged with multiple felonies for allegedly sexually abusing an adult female with severe developmental disabilities who was in his care.
George R. West, 57, was arraigned in Erie County Court Thursday, according to a statement released by the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.
West, an employee of People Inc., was placed on administrative leave while the case was being investigated.
"The defendant in this case is accused of a reprehensible offense -- using his role as a caregiver to prey on a victim, who under the law is incapable to consenting to any sexual act," said Patricia E. Gunning, Special Prosecutor for the Justice Center.
West is charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors in the case, including endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person, and four counts of sexual abuse.
In a statement released Thursday night, a spokesperson confirmed that West was a part-time employee of People Inc. for nine months. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave on June 14 and then fired on July 3.
The statement also said that West underwent a criminal background check, fingerprinting and a check against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment prior to being hired.
West pleaded not guilty to the charges in Erie County Court before the Honorable J. William Boller. Bail was set at $15,000 cash.