Lincoln Hall

Juvenile Center Boss Called Staffer “Big Fat Gay Man,” Accused Him Of Molesting Boys, Lawsuit Alleges

An ex-staffer at Lincoln Hall Boys' Haven in New York claims his supervisor taunted him for years before firing him.

An employee of a boy’s reformatory in upstate New York claims he was mercilessly bullied for years, and even accused of molesting residents, before being unjustly fired.

In court papers, Todd Marbury claims Ronald Robinson, his supervisor at Lincoln Hall Boys’ Haven in Westchester County, engaged in a reign of abuse that spanned more than a decade. Though Marbury is straight and married, Robinson would tease him about being gay, referring to him as a “big fat gay man.”

In one alleged incident, Robinson accused him of performing oral sex on a young charge, a claim overheard by one of the residents. In another, he told Marbury, “You love young boys, especially those Latino boys.”

Marbury reported Robinson to the home’s human resources department but claims nothing was done.

Marbury says he eventually suffered an emotional breakdown and went on leave in 2015. When he attempted to return to work, he was notified he was fired. He’s seeking $150,000 in damages, compensation for lost wages, and sexual-harassment training for Robinson.

Lincoln Hall was founded as a home for Civil War orphans in 1863. It receives state funding and is governed by a board of managers, but is still affiliated with the Archdiocese of New York.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.