Another Phoenix House Teen Charged With Assault


Just a week after a report of sexual assault at the Phoenix House rehabilitation center in Wainscott, a 17-year-old male was charged with felony assault after police said he injured another client by throwing a chair at him.

East Hampton Town Police redacted the defendant’s name from the arrest report, although they had released the name of the 16-year-old charged the week before in the report of sexual assault.

According to police, the 17-year-old boy pulled a chair out from under the 20-year-old victim, causing him to fall on the floor. When the victim got up and saw the boy there, he slid the chair across the floor toward the boy, hitting him in the leg.

The victim told police that the 17-year-old then picked up the chair and threw it at the victim, hitting him in the face, cutting his upper lip and loosening an upper front tooth. He was taken to Southampton Hospital, where doctors said he required treatment by an orthodontist for his tooth and a plastic surgeon for his lip.

The victim told police later that he was told another boy had actually pulled the chair out from under the man as a practical joke.

The 17-year-old was arrested by East Hampton Town Police on November 26 at 11:07 a.m. at Phoenix House and charged with assault in the second degree, a felony. He was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court the next day in front of Justice Catherine Cahill, who set bail at $900.

On November 17, Joseph Cardinali, 16, of Rockville Centre had been arrested after police responded to Phoenix House Academy following a report of violence that afternoon. According to police, Mr. Cardinali used a wooden broom handle to penetrate the rectum of the victim, who was subsequently taken to Southampton Hospital and underwent surgery.

Mr. Cardinali was charged as an adult with aggravated sexual abuse in the first degree, a felony, and assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor.

Phoenix House Academy serves adolescent males dealing with issues related to substance abuse through assessments, counseling and treatment. Clients live at the facility and can earn academic credits there, as well as participating in recreation and family counseling.

A spokeswoman for Phoenix House did not return a request for comment this week.

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