ROME, N.Y. – A 52-year-old Oneida County corrections officer is accused of forcibly touching two young girls on separate occasions in 2020.
According to Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Derrick O’Meara, the Child Advocacy Center received a report of abuse on Dec. 31, 2020, accusing Ronald Carollo of touching the intimate body parts of a 12-year-old girl in Rome in August of 2020.
While looking into the case, investigators say they learned of a second incident where Carollo was accused of forcibly touching a 13-year-old girl, also in Rome, in December of 2020.
He was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 25, in the town of Whitestown, and charged with two counts of forcible touching and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.
Police took Carollo into custody, where he was processed and released with appearance tickets. He will return to Rome City Court at a later date.
According to Sheriff Robert Maciol, Carollo was also immediately suspended without pay.
Orders of protection have been requested on behalf of the victims, and services have been offered to them through the Child Advocacy Center.