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January 22, 2014

Youth Advocate Program employee charged with rape

MALONE — An employee of the Franklin County Youth Advocate Program has been charged with rape in connection with two underage males who were clients there.

Michelle A. Miller, 26, of Malone was charged on Friday, Jan. 17, with two counts of third-degree rape and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, both felonies, State Police said Tuesday in a news release.

While working for the program, she “engaged in sexual conduct” with two male clients who were younger than 17, police said in the release.

She was arraigned in Bangor Town Court and was released into the supervision of the Franklin County Probation Department, police said.

Franklin County Youth Advocate Program Director Candy Gadway could not be reached Tuesday evening and attempts to find contact information for Miller were unsuccessful. 

The agency, located at 246 West Main St. in Malone, works with children on issues related to child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health, according to its website.

It also provides employment support and other services to adults, the site says.

The Youth Advocate Program, established in 1975, has offices in 18 states. In New York, according to the website, there are 16, including one in Plattsburgh and another in Elizabethtown.

“(It) is one of the largest nonprofit agencies providing exclusively non-residential, community-based programs,” the site says.

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com or on Twitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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