Employee at Vocational Center Accused of Sexually Abusing Man With Autism

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    An employee at a vocational training program for adults with intellectual disabilities is accused of abusing a 21-year-old man at the center.

    Over the weekend, the man, who has autism, told his mother that he had been sexually abused by a staff member at Opportunity Builders, Inc. (OBI) in Millersville, Maryland, said Vicki Callahan, OBI's executive director.

    The mother then contacted Callahan, who called authorities.

    Anne Arundel County detectives say the victim told them that the staff member sexually touched him while he was using a bathroom there, sometime between May 15 and June 15 of this year.

    The suspect has been identified as Gregory Chambers, 50, of Glen Burnie. He was a supervisor and work coach the facility, authorities said.

    OBI said he has now been terminated.

    Chambers is charged with vulnerable adult abuse, a third-degree sex offense, a fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault.

    "It is with great sadness and regret that we inform you of a recent discovery of abuse by one of our staff members," a statement on Opportunity Builders' Facebook page read in part. "We immediately called the police when it was brought to our attention and immediately terminated the staff member. "

    Opportunity Builders offers job training, helps individuals find jobs, and offers more intense training for those who need to increase their level of independence, according to the organization's Facebook page.

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