Former Hillside Counselor Pleads Not Guilty
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A former Hillside Children's Center counselor accused of having sexual contact with two teens he met through his job pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday in Monroe County Court.
Matthew King, 29, is charged with five counts of criminal sex and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Police say the abuse happened while King was working as a youth care professional at Hillside. Investigators say King had sexual contact with two teenage males.
"It's conduct that involves sexual acts involving a child who was incapable of consent because of the age. As you can see by the indictment, he was charged for other inappropriate conduct that was not sexual in nature, but included providing alcohol, cigarettes, showing of pornography," said Kyle Rossi, prosecutor.
Hillside says King was immediately suspended when the allegations surfaced, and was fired in late July.
King remains free on $50,000 bail. He's due back in court November 7th.