Fort Greene homeless shelter employee groped three women: DA’s office

Clyde Johnson was convicted of groping and sexually abusing three women living in a Fort Greene homeless shelter.
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s office

A former homeless shelter employee has been convicted of groping three homeless women in Fort Greene.

“The victims in this case are among society’s most vulnerable people,” said District Attorney Gonzalez. “Today’s verdict is a measure of justice for these women and holds the defendant accountable for his egregious and abusive conduct.”

Clyde Johnson, 56, was employed as a housing case worker when he abused the three residents of the Auburn Family Shelter — near Auburn Place and E. Portland Avenue — in four separate incidents, according to the DA’s office.

In April 2017 Johnson groped a resident while meeting with her to discuss her housing situation, according to authorities.

The following July, Johnson struck again when he rubbed up against a shelter resident’s butt while she was at a nearby deli — telling her, “this is a stickup.” He later molested the same victim again while both of them were aboard the B54 bus, prosecutors said.

A month later, Johnson groped a third victim who had come to his office to seek help for her housing situation, according to Gonzalez’s office.

A jury convicted Johnson of three counts of forcible touching and one count of third-degree sexual abuse before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Laura Johnson, who set his sentencing for Dec. 16.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
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