WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A New York therapist has admitted in court that he sexually abused two of his patients — a 12-year-old boy and a 19-year-old woman.
The Westchester district attorney says Mark Bernardini (Buhr-nahr-DEE'-nee) of North Salem pleaded guilty Thursday to a criminal sex act and forcible touching.
Bernardini is a licensed clinical social worker. He could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison and must also register as a sex offender.
Prosecutors said that in May, the 57-year-old Bernardini inappropriately touched the woman at his home office. In July, he was accused of engaging sexual contact with the boy at his Bronxville office.
The district attorney said that in both cases, the victims alerted their parents.