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Indictment boosts charges against worker accused of sexually assaulting teen at Hackensack home for at-risk children

Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A former employee at a Hackensack group home for at-risk and special needs children was indicted today on charges of putting his finger in the vagina of a teenage patient.

The abuse began in February 2010 and continued for six months, a superseding indictment returned in Hackensack against 41-year-old Daniel Blathers of Paterson alleges.

According to Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli, Blathers was employed as a unit supervisor responsible for checking on the status of residents at Youth Consultation Services’ Holley Center.

Youth Consultation Services’ website states that the facility, which opened in 2005, provides “long-term intensive residence” for up to 45 children ages 6 to 13.

The alleged victim, now 18, reported in June 2012 that Blathers sexually abused her.

The prosecutor’s office and city police conducted a joint investigation which led to his arrest less than a month later on lesser charges of third-degree aggravated sexual contact and child endangerment.

Blathers, who stands 6 feet and is a shade under 300 pounds, posted $75,000 bail and was released from the Bergen County Jail the next day.

The superseding indictment charges him with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, touching the gir’s breast and vagina and impairing or debauching the morals or a minor he had a legal duty to care for.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE / PHOTO: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter

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