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Rochester man charged with choking teen at Hillside

Investigators with the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs said Henry Taylor, 27, was a youth care professional at Hillside. (Photo: RPD)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Rochester man and former Hillside Children's Center employee was arrested for allegedly choking a teenager at work.

Investigators with the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs said Henry Taylor, 27, was a youth care professional at Hillside.

While working there, Taylor is accused of grabbing a teen, pushed them down on a bed and squeezing the victim's neck with his hands.

Taylor was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and second-degree harassment.

The teen was later treated for abrasions to the neck.

Hillside called the Justice Center’s hotline and the Rochester Police Department. Hillside also fired Taylor.

“Physical violence is never acceptable,” said NYS Justice CEnter Executive Director Denise Miranda. “Certainly, under no circumstance should anyone place their hands around a service recipient’s neck. It takes only a few seconds to render someone unconscious or cause brain damage. The Justice Center will hold this defendant accountable for his conduct.”

Taylor was arraigned and posted $600 bail. He is scheduled to return to court on June 6.

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