A New York City worker who helped run a homeless shelter was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing the people he was supposed to help, The New York Daily News reported.
Department of Homeless Services employee Clyde Johnson, 54, was charged with sexual abuse and forcible touching of residents at a Brooklyn shelter.
Johnson allegedly abused two women who lived in the shelter, ages 59 and 60, on at least four occasions.
“This employee preyed on vulnerable New Yorkers: using his position to sexually exploit the very shelter residents whom he was supposed to assist, according to the charges,” Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters said in a statement. “Disturbing sexual misconduct by a City employee is inexcusable and cannot be tolerated.”
Johnson, an employee of the Department of Homeless Services since July 2015, was suspended from the agency for 30 days. According to The New York Daily News, the city is seeking his firing.
“We have absolutely zero tolerance for this alleged behavior. We are in close collaboration with authorities and we are seeking this individual's termination,” Isaac McGinn, a DHS spokesman, said. “Ensuring a safe, supportive environment is our top priority as we help New Yorkers in need get back on their feet."
Johnson, who was arrested on Monday, is being held with bail set at $8,000.
His next court appearance is scheduled for December 8, PIX11 reported.