Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announced that, Booker Allen, 55, currently of Newark, is charged with four counts related to the alleged sexual assault of an adult male while the alleged victim was a resident at the Straight and Narrow inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in Paterson.
According to a statement released by authorities, on April 18th, police charged Mr. Allen with one count of second degree Sexual Assault, one count of Second Degree Sexual Assault, and two counts of Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Contact.
Authorities say the alleged incident occurred during the month of April 2016, at which time the victim participated in a residential treatment program at Straight and Narrow, Inc. in Paterson.
Authorities say Mr. Allen was employed as a staff member at the facility and was tasked with the supervision of residents, including the alleged victim.
Authorities noted that Mr. Allen is no longer employed by Straight and Narrow, Inc.
Second Degree Sexual Assault carries a maximum term of ten years in New Jersey State Prison and Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Contact carries a maximum of eighteen months in the New Jersey State Prison according to authorities.
The defendant is scheduled to appear on April 19, 2018, via teleconference at Central Judicial Processing in the Criminal Division, Superior Court of New Jersey, Passaic Vicinage. A detention hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 24 in Passaic County Superior Court.
Mr. Allen is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.