For­mer Mercer County coun­selor li­cense sus­pended fol­low­ing sex­ual as­sault ar­rest

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS - By Isaac Avilucea iav­[email protected]­tu­ry­ @IsaacAvilucea on Twit­ter

TRENTON » An at-risk youth coun­selor had his li­cense stripped af­ter he was charged with sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a teenage girl, au­thor­i­ties said.

Eli­jah Wil­liams, 26, of Trenton, who worked at Legacy Treat­ment Ser­vices, was in­dicted on charges of first-de­gree sex­ual as­sault and sec­ond-de­gree child en­dan­ger­ment af­ter Rob­binsville Po­lice ar­rested him in Oc­to­ber, the state At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Of­fice said.

Wil­liams is ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a teen be­tween 13 and 16 years old who he su­per­vised at a Mercer County group home run by Legacy Treat­ment Ser­vices, a non­profit based in Haine­s­port.

Au­thor­i­ties didn’t say where the group home is in the county.

Wil­liams was ar­rested by po­lice Oct. 26, and he agreed to a sus­pen­sion late last month of his home­maker-home health aide (CHHA) cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as part of a con­sent or­der with the state, the AG’s of­fice said.

He is ac­cused of re­peat­edly as­sault­ing the teen be­tween Novem­ber and De­cem­ber 2017, while she was un­der his su­per­vi­sion though not while he was work­ing as a health aide, the au­thor­i­ties said.

An­other teen also ac­cused Wil­liams of sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing her.

“These are se­ri­ous charges, so the Board took im­me­di­ate ac­tion to pro­tect the pub­lic,” At­tor­ney Gen­eral Gur­bir Gre­wal said in a state­ment. “Until these al­le­ga­tions are re­solved, the Board’s ac­tion will ensure that this de­fen­dant will have no ac­cess to pa­tients as a cer­ti­fied home­maker-home health aide in New Jer­sey.”

Wil­liams also worked at a Cam­den County teen group home run by Legacy Treat­ment Ser­vices, which canned him fol­low­ing his ar­rest.

Per the Nov. 27 con­sent or­der, Wil­liams’ li­cense is only tem­po­rar­ily

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