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Accused Tarrytown Ambulance Corps Member Files Suit

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – The man accused of sexually harassing several female members of the Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corps has filed a libel suit against a Tarrytown therapist for a statement she wrote to the corps' board of directors.

Alaric Young is seeking at least $500,000, in addition to attorney fees and costs, from therapist Karen Savage for a statement to the board that was “malicious, reckless, grossly irresponsible and exposed [Young] to public humiliation, contempt, ridicule, disgrace and induced an evil opinion of him in the minds of right thinking persons,” said a notice and summons filed with the New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday.

A group of six current and former corps members have brought allegations to the board of directors and filed a complaint with the state Human Rights Commission stating Young made inappropriate comments about their underwear, unwanted physical advances and photographed vulnerable female patients. In one case, the women said, he left an intoxicated patient’s breast exposed while he complimented the woman on her appearance.

Young disputes the allegations, but remains suspended from the corps.

Young's attorney, Stephen Lewis, said the summons was the first step in his client's lawsuit against Savage. Lewis also noted that an investigation into the sexual harassment allegations was ongoing and he expected to file additional lawsuits in the matter.

Savage could not be reached by phone at the time of publication.

The summons says Savage advised the Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corps board that she had training in sexual abuse and concluded after interviewing the female members who brought forth allegations of sexual harassment that Young should not be reinstated as a member because he had been sexually inappropriate, had an alcohol problem and could not control his behavior.

The summons notes that Young was never interviewed by Savage and that he was seeking monetary damages for compensation for the loss of his reputation.

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