Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that a group home counselor associated with Toomey Residential & Community Services- a non-for-profit organization which provides numerous residential and clinical services for residents in the Central New York region, has been charged with criminal sex act and endangering the welfare of a child.

Markeem J. Chaplin of 202 South Ave, Syracuse was charged on October 5th, after allegedly having sexual contact with a 16 year old resident. The investigation into Chaplin began when the incident was reported to the Vulnerable Persons Central Register Hotline,  and the Town of Camillus Police Department, which turned the case over to detectives with theSheriff’s abused persons unit.

The Sheriff’s Office also worked closely with the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, which is an oversight agency with its primary focus being the protection of people of special needs, which includes the quality of care in delivery of supports and services in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs such as Toomey Residential & Community Services Sheriff Kevin Walsh stated that the victim in this case appeared to be truthful about the allegations and he believes there maybe additional victims of Chaplin that have yet to come forward.

Sheriff Walsh encourages any victims or anyone with information to contact detectives in the abused persons unit by Markeem J. Chaplin calling 435-3092.