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October 26, 2013

Schreiner sentenced to 12 years

By Denise Richardson Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — A former social worker who worked with children has been sentenced to 12 years in prison on sexual abuse charges, sources said.

Robert Scott Schreiner, who worked at school-based health clinics, was sentenced in Schoharie County Court on Wednesday to 12 years in prison and 15 years of post-release supervision, court documents said.

Last September, Schreiner, then 50, of Richmondville, was charged by state police at Sidney with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, a felony, in connection with incidents involving a 12-year-old boy. He had worked two years as a licensed clinical social worker at Bassett Healthcare’s school-based health clinics at Schenevus and Worcester.

Schreiner was accused of having sexual contact with a Schenevus school student in incidents in the towns of Maryland in Otsego County and Richmondville in Schoharie County, troopers said.

On Sept. 11, Schreiner pleaded guilty in Schoharie County court to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, documents said, and the recommended sentence was up to 12 years on each count to be served concurrently and concurrently with a sentence from Otsego County.

In Otsego County before Judge Brian Burns on Sept. 6, Schreiner pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual act, a felony, as charged, court officials in Cooperstown said. On Oct. 18, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and five year’s parole and ordered to pay $1,050 in sex offender fees, a $50 DNA fee and $325 in surcharges, officials said, and an order of protection was issued for the victim.

Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl prosecuted the case, officials said, and Schriener had been indicted by a grand jury Jan. 24.

In Schoharie County, Schreiner appeared county Judge George R. Bartlett.

Schoharie County District Attorney James Sacket prosecuted the case, and James Long was defense attorney. During sentencing, Schreiner was ordered to pay $1,050 in sex-offender fees, a $50 DNA fee and $325 in other surcharges. An order of protection was issued for the victim and the victim’s family.

The state Department of Education Office of the Professions website said Friday that Schreiner’s license to be a certified social worker has been summarily suspended.

Bassett had immediately placed Schreiner on administrative leave in September 2012 pending the outcome of the investigation, Karen Huxtable, Bassett spokeswoman said Friday.

The state Department of Education suspended Schreiner’s license as a result of the grand jury findings, Huxtable said, and Bassett terminated his employment January 2013 immediately upon receiving notice from the state.

Bassett’s extensive background checks on all employees include a search of international and federal databases and a specific search of state and federal health care databases for any action against a provider’s clinical license, Huxtable said.

Bassett also conducts a county level search for each residential address of the employee, she said, and source verification from the state Office of the Professions to confirm that a provider’s license is current and without action taken against it.

“The background check on Mr. Schreiner came back fine and provided no ‘red flags’ to indicate he shouldn’t be hired,” Huxtable said in an email.