The former employee of the state's Department of Mental Health, facing numerous charges connected to child endangerment, has pleaded guilty in Coeymans Town Court.
John Allen, 62, pleaded guilty to one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Officials say over the course of several months, Allen had three minors, under the age of 18, wear diapers while visiting his home.
Allen faces up to 60 days in jail followed by three years of probation.
He will also be required to follow sex offender conditions while on probation and must follow a no contact order of protection for each victim involved in the case.
Allen is scheduled to be sentenced in November.
A high-ranking state employee with the Office of Mental Health is facing an alarming number of child endangerment charges involving teenagers.
Allen was arrested in the early morning of September 19, 2019, and charged with 29 counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Investigators say they searched his home with state police September 19 in the morning.
Allen is the listed as the special assistant to the commissioner for OMH.
According to court documents, Allen allegedly lured neighborhood kids, ages 12 and 13 years old, to his home, forcing them to wear a diaper during their visits.
A neighbor Spectrum News spoke to says she does not believe these allegations. Others say they are concerned for the safety of their children.
An OMH spokesman sent a statement on September 19 saying:
"Upon learning of these shocking allegations, OMH immediately moved to terminate Mr. Allen. Protecting all people in the state of New York is our primary mission and OMH is prepared to assist law enforcement in any way possible as they continue their investigation."