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Probation Officer Forced Client to Fondle Him in Her Own Home: DA

By Nicholas Rizzi | April 27, 2017 3:18pm

NEW YORK CITY — A probation officer sexually abused a client inside her Harlem apartment, threatening to fabricate a probation violation if she refused or reported him, prosecutors said.

Patrick Henneberry, 50, of Staten Island, sexually assaulted the women twice inside her apartment in 2016 and 2017, according to his criminal complaint. Henneberry repeatedly told the victim he would tell his supervisors that she had violated her probation, which could have thrown her back in jail.

He first visited her apartment a week before Thanksgiving in 2016 when he sexually assaulted her and forcefully stuck his tongue down her throat at about 3 p.m., prosecutors said.

Henneberry returned April 10 when he massaged her shoulders, stripped then forced her hand onto his groin, authorities said.

He was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual abuse, coercion and official misconduct at his arraignment, the Manhattan District Attorney's office said. His bail was set at $2,500 and he's due back in court Monday.

Henneberry has worked as a probation officer since 2008, according to the Department of Probation.

"The New York City Department of Probation is cooperating fully with DOI and NYPD in the investigation of the alleged misconduct," Candace Sandy, spokeswoman for the agency, said in a statement.

"We will not tolerate any officer abusing his or her authority and this conduct is not indicative of the hundreds of probation officers who carry out their daily duties with professionalism and respect."

Henneberry's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.