Northpointe Council Staff charged with rape

Posted at 1:00 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-17 09:33:38-04

Two women employed at Northpointe Council's First Step Chemical Dependency Crisis Center in Niagara Falls have been fired after being accused of rape and sexual abuse.

Candace Seelbinder, a Licensed Practical Nurse, and Jessica Griffin, a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, were arrested after an investigation found that the two women allegedly had sex with and committed sexual abuse against males at the facility.

"All workers at treatment facilities, in particular licensed professionals, who violate their obligations to their patients by engaging in sexual behavior with them, not only commit criminal conduct, but their actions can also be detrimental to the success of treatment," said New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, Special Prosecutor/ Inspector General Patricia Gunning.