ALBANY, N.Y. -- A high-ranking state employee with the Office of Mental Health is facing an alarming number of child endangerment charges involving teenagers.

 

 

John Allen, 60, was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with 29 counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Investigators say they searched his home with state police Wednesday 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 Wednesday, 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."