Nurse at childrenâ??s hospital arrested for sexual act with a 16-year-old in Syracuse

Syracuse Police arrested a male nurse who was employed at the Golisano Childrenâ??s Hospital for sexually abusing a 16-year-old.

According to the Syracuse Police Department, an investigation that started on December 18, revealed that Joseph Carelli, 24, of Marcellus, had sexual contact with a 16-year-old victim while she was a patient at the childrenâ??s hospital.

Carelli was charged with multiple counts of felony criminal sexual act, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police say as soon as the Carelli was identified and the victim was interviewed by the police department, the administration at Upstate hospital was notified of the allegations and the Carelli was immediately suspended from work and barred from the hospital to ensure that he had no contact with other patients while the investigation was being conducted.

Police say there is no indication that there are any other victims.

Carelli is scheduled to be arraigned in Syracuse City Court on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

Upstate University Hospital CEO Dr. John McCabe sent the following memo to the Upstate community this morning:

Dear Colleagues:

Upstate University Hospital is working closely with local authorities on the ongoing investigation into an allegation of inappropriate contact between one of our nurses and a patient.

As soon as we were notified of the allegation, the employee was immediately taken out of work, and this individual is not allowed on our campus.

Families place their trust in our hospital to keep their loved ones safe as we help them heal from injury or illness. We work hard to earn that trust every day.

We will take every measure possible to ensure we continue to provide the safest environment for patients and their families.

John McCabe, MD