Well, this isn’t good!
A new lawsuit accuses former Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman of sexual abuse and calls him a ‘sexual predator.’
Ackerman was a 15-term Congressman from New York City, who is now 76 years old.
He is accused of abusing a 17-year-old while he worked at the Ten Mile River Camp in upstate New York when Ackerman was 23.
From ABC News:
Former U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman is being called a sexual "predator" in a lawsuit accusing the New York Democrat of violating a teenager at a Boy Scout camp five decades ago.
The New York Post reports that in papers filed last week in state Supreme Court, the now 76-year-old Ackerman allegedly abused the 17-year-old while he was a director at the Ten Mile River Camp near upstate Narrowsburg, west of Poughkeepsie.
According to the lawsuit, the teen said Ackerman took him to a back road where he tried to fondle him before forcing oral sex.
Attorney Oscar Michelen told the Post that Ackerman denies any wrongdoing. Michelen did not respond to a message Saturday from The Associated Press.
The 15-term Democrat announced his retirement in 2012.
The NY Post had more information:
A former 15-term New York City congressman is a “sexual predator” who allegedly violated a teen at an upstate Boy Scout camp, according to a shocking lawsuit filed last week naming the life-long Democrat.
More than a decade before Gary Ackerman, 76, was first elected to Congress, he worked as a camp director when the lurid incident allegedly took place on an abandoned road within the sprawling, 12,000-acre Ten Mile River Camp property near Narrowsburg.
The anonymous victim was 17 in August, 1966 when, he claims in Manhattan Supreme Court papers, Ackerman manipulated him into taking a ride. Once secluded on the back road, Ackerman, who was 23-years-old at the time, is accused of trying to touch and fondle the teen before forcing oral sex, the victim charges.
The legal filing identifies Ackerman as a “known predator” whom the Boy Scouts “should have known” had the potential to harm kids.
The Boy Scouts said they had no record of abuse allegations against Ackerman.
Ackerman, known for his white carnation boutonniere and the 1966 Plymouth Valiant he drove while working on Capitol Hill, went on to represent parts of Queens and Long Island in the US House of Representatives, before retiring unexpectedly in 2012.
Calling the “highly respected” Ackerman a predator is “especially offensive” and nothing less than slander, his lawyer, Oscar Michelen, told The Post.
The alleged incident never happened, the attorney insisted.
“He denies any such incident took place,” Michelen said, noting the married father of three has led “an impeccable life” and “was and is a beloved and admired public servant.”
The lawyer said. “It’s shocking. It’s outrageous and completely opposite of the person everyone knows Congressman Ackerman to be.
“We obviously intend to vigorously defend the Congressman’s honor and reputation in this case. We’re confident he’ll be vindicated.”