Sexual Abuse – Scott Frazier and the Wayside Home School for Girls (Valley Stream, NY)
The Wayside Home School for Girls served as a shelter for troubled teens in Valley Stream, New York for nearly 90 years. Numerous claims of school-wide physical and sexual abuse were made. Scott Frazier, who worked as an aide at Wayside, was accused of sexually molesting a 14-year-old student over the course of four months.
Frazier was hired as an aide in 2001. He and the female student engaged in a sexual relationship that ended in 2003. Frazier was arrested in 2004 and charged with multiple counts of rape and endangering the welfare of a minor. The investigators in the case alleged that Frazier removed the girl from the facility to sexually assault her at his home. Frazier was on parole for a drug conviction when he was hired as an assistant at the Wayside Home School for Girls. He had served 4 1/2 years in prison for felony heroin-related charges.
Wayside was home to approximately 75 girls between the ages of 13 and 21 years old. The residents of the home were generally placed there by the City’s Administration for Children’s Services or family court judges. In 1935, the Salvation Army took over the administration of the school and continued to manage the school until it was sold. The home closed in 2003 and was thereafter sold to a developer for condominium units for the elderly.
The Wayside Home School for Girls housed a vulnerable group of young women, many of whom had tumultuous domestic lives, were involved in illicit conduct, and lacked dependable adult mentorship and supervision. Children in these situations are easy targets for sexual abusers. Wayside Home owed a duty to its residents to provide a safe and secure environment, which includes hiring responsible and competent staff and properly monitoring them. Wayside neglected its duty to its residents by hiring an employee with a known criminal record and then failing to prevent the abuse that occurred within its institution.
A new law called the Child Victim Act revised the statute of limitations in New York and allows survivors of sexual assault to bring claims against their abusers during a one-year window starting August 15, 2019 regardless of when the assault occurred. Governor Cuomo subsequently extended the 1-year revival window an additional year so that it now expires on August 14, 2021.
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