A former nurse who had sex with two male patients at a Wheatfield rehabilitation center in 2016 was sentenced Tuesday to 3 1/2 years in prison after violating probation a second time.
Candace A. Seelbinder, 36, of Whitney Avenue, Niagara Falls, is a Level 2 sex offender because of the crimes at First Step, operated by Northpointe Council. Under state law, patients in a substance abuse rehab facility are considered legally unable to consent to sex.
Seelbinder failed to keep appointments with counselors and her probation officer, and was living with a person not approved by the Probation Department, defense attorney Brian J. Hutchison said.
Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III ordered 10 years of post-release supervision, meaning Seelbinder could be sent back to prison if there are future violations.