Erie County Man Claims Police Officer Assaulted Him as a Child | Local News
An Erie County man alleges in a recent Child Victims Act lawsuit that he was assaulted decades ago by a police officer responsible for advising students on personal safety, including the need to beware of foreigners.
The man, now in his 40s, says the officer victimized him in the early 1990s, when he was a student at Genesee Valley BOCES, which serves Genesee, Livingston, Steuben and Wyoming counties.
The complaint filed Friday identifies Christopher Ferrara, a former staff member of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department’s “Officer Bill” program, as the perpetrator.
Ferrara, who was also an officer in the Warsaw Police Department, was charged with first degree sexual abuse in January 1992, when he was 25 years old. The original charge arose out of Ferrara’s conduct with a 10-year-old boy, who was not a BOCES Student.
He pleaded guilty in 1993 to one count of attempted sexual abuse and served four years in state prison, court records show. His conviction was upheld on appeal.
Ferrara, according to the state’s sex offender registry, is 54 years old and lives in Orleans County. Efforts to reach him by phone and email on Sunday were unsuccessful.
The Child Victims Act, which temporarily waives the decades-old abuse statute of limitations, has sparked hundreds of lawsuits against major institutions in New York City, particularly the Catholic Church, schools, and nonprofits that are aimed at children, such as Boy Scouts. But the complaint filed a few days ago appears to be the first locally to stem from the actions of an officer assigned to work with students.