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Police: Counselor facing sex charges smoked marijuana with residents at special needs home

A counselor at a special needs group home who is already facing sex charges is now accused of smoking marijuana with residents.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A counselor at a special needs group home who is already facing sex charges is now accused of smoking marijuana with residents.

22-year-old Markeem Chaplin, of South Avenue in Syracuse, was arrested in October on sex charges involving a teenage resident.

At the time of his arrest, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office charged Chaplin with criminal sex act in the third degree, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Chaplin was associated with the Toomey Residential & Community Services organization when the suspected incident occurred.

The New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs announced on Tuesday that Chaplin now faces a second charge of endangering the welfare of a child, after they say he allegedly smoked marijuana with residents of the facility.

Chaplin is scheduled for arraignment on the new charge on Dec. 10 in Camillus Town Court.

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