GIRLS HOME EX-EMPLOYEE INDICTED (Sex abuse of teens alleged)
Charles Graham, a 23 year old employee at St. Anne Institute in Albany, an upstate home for troubled teenage girls, is accused of assaulting two Suffolk girls who resided there last year. Suffolk County has temporarily stopped placements at the home following the allegations by the two girls that they were sexually abused by Graham. The girls, who had been ordered to receive treatment at St. Anne by Suffolk County's Family Court, said that while they resided there last year, they were abused by Graham, who is facing criminal charges that he assaulted another girl who resided there. The Suffolk girls, who are not being identified by Newsday, were 15 and 17 at the time. Graham, of Albany, was arrested in April by police after staff discovered entries that a 15 year old girl from Greene County made in a personal diary, detailing each encounter. He has been indicted on the charges that he sexually abused the teens in his care and was arraigned on 22 counts of third-degree sodomy, third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child.