TUPPER LAKE - A Sunmount resident was charged with attacking a staff member there on Thanksgiving Day.
Jose Santana, 36, was charged at 2:55 p.m. Monday with forcible touching and second-degree unlawful imprisonment, both class A misdemeanors.
State police in Ray Brook said that on Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day, Santana attacked a female staff member, holding her in his room against her will and touching her breasts and vaginal area through her clothes.
Police said the staff member was doing rounds when the incident happened. She yelled for help, and co-workers came to her rescue.
Santana is a resident of the Regional Intensive Treatment 1 area of the Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services Office campus in Tupper Lake, which serves people with development disabilities in need of active treatment within a secure setting. Many of the residents there are people who were involved with the criminal justice system, including being charged with sexual offenses, but not fit to stand trial or otherwise participate in court proceedings.
Despite the fact that the incident happened on a holiday, police said staffing levels were normal.
Santana was arraigned in Tupper Lake town court, released back into the custody of Sunmount and scheduled to appear in town court at a later date.
There is only one Jose Santana in the state sex offender registry online, and it is an alias for a man named Angelo Medina, who is listed as 35 years old. According to the listing, Medina was sentenced to one day to three years in state prison for sexual abuse in the first degree, which included sexual contact, intercourse and kidnapping or unlawful imprisonment in which he immediately and physically overpowered a woman. The entry has no location listed for Medina.
Police said they didn't know of Santana having any aliases, but they couldn't find any criminal history information on him yet as of Wednesday.
This is at least the second such incident being prosecuted in the area with a Sunmount resident imprisoning a female staff member and making sexual advances at her. Resident Eric Duprey was indicted in October on charges of sexual abuse in the first degree and unlawful imprisonment in the first degree following a May 25 incident. Duprey is due in Franklin County Court today for a hearing to determine if he is fit to proceed with the charges against him.
Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 26 or firstname.lastname@example.org.