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Cops: Teen charged in sex assault at Phoenix House

This photo shows the Phoenix House located at

This photo shows the Phoenix House located at 95 Industrial Rd. in East Hampton, N.Y. Credit: Google maps

A 16-year-old faces charges in the sexual assault of another male teenager at a Wainscott substance-abuse facility, East Hampton Town police said Monday.

Police said the assault, involving a wooden broom handle, happened at about 5 p.m. Sunday at the Phoenix House, 95 Industrial Rd.

An 18-year-old was taken to Southampton Hospital where he underwent surgery, police said. No other information on his condition was available, and a call to town police was not immediately returned.

Joseph Cardinal, 16, of Rockville Centre, was arrested on charges of first-degree aggravated sexual abuse and third-degree assault, police said. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at East Hampton Town Justice Court.

Police did not specify in a news release whether Cardinal or the victim were clients or employees at the facility.

A woman who answered the phone Monday at Phoenix House said it was not at liberty to reveal any information.

The Phoenix House says on its website it is a center that serves adolescent males and helps "young clients prepare for productive, self-sufficient, and drug-free lives."

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