By Geoffrey Croft
A Parks Department employee has been arrested on 20 counts of statutory rape, NYC Park Advocates has learned.
Sheldon P. Henry, 46, was arrested on June 4th for having sex with a 16-year-old girl.
The 5-ft-10, 260 pound parks employee began having sex with the then 14-year-old girl beginning on December 31, 2013 and continued over at least a three year period from ages 14-17 according to police.
Henry was taken into custody in the 34 Pct. after the victim contacted police.
The defendant is charged with a course of conduct including in June 2015 when the informant was 16-years-old according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
“the defendant has had sexual intercourse numerous times with informant, including in June 2015 when informant was sixteen years old, at the Harlem Vista Hotel, 75 Macombs Place, New York County,” according to the complaint.
Police arrested Henry for Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Abuse, Rape and Patronizing a prostitute.
He exchanged $ 60 with the victim according to police.
Bail was set at $7,500 bond, $1,000 cash. He has been out on bail since June 6th. His next court date is August 10th.
A parks employee since 2012, he worked in Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island as a City Park Worker (CPW) since 2015.
The Parks Department’s press office refused to respond to questions despite several requests.
Henry has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case.