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Former counselor pleads to misdemeanor in sex case

A former substance abuse counselor pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court Friday to sexually abusing a person in her care. She also agreed not to challenge any administrative decision that may prohibit her from working in her field again.

Pamela Grzechowiak, 46, of Hamburg pleaded guilty to misdemeanor forcible touching. She was accused of having sexual relations with a male resident of a suburban inpatient facility operated by Cazenovia Recovery, where she worked as a licensed mental health counselor. She was fired at the time of her arrest.

According to the state Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, it is a crime for any employee to have sexual contact with a patient at a facility operated, licensed or certified by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Justice M. William Boller is expected to sentence Grzechowiak to six years on probation when she returns to court Dec. 16.

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