Dem Boss Busted on Teen-Molest Rap


103,600 children were sexually abused in the US in 1998, the last year for which data is available. As many JCC professionals know, abuse, sexual and otherwise, occurs nearly everywhere. Yet, there is a natural inclination to believe abuse won’t happen in our own communities, not to mention our own JCC. Awareness of the threat is key, and reinforcing proven abuse prevention strategies is an essential element in protecting the kids in our programs. Both are the goals for our “Abuse Alert” program. Each is a brief treatment of the topic, focussing on one real, recent, public event… reprinting the article about the event in its entirety (omitting names and identifying references to the YMCA) and providing a few important teaching points for you to share with your staff. As always, if you need additional guidance on this topic, please call us at (800) 463 8546.

The following information was published in a major New York Newspaper last month:

“A [New York state] man identified by cops as a Democratic political leader was arrested yesterday for sodomizing a 13-year-old girl, police said.

“[Alleged offender], 39, of [town] allegedly had a sexual encounter with the girl on Jan. 20. He is charged with sodomy.

“A former cop, [alleged offender] was fired from the department a decade ago for disciplinary reasons, a police source said. As of August, he worked as a coordinator at the [specific branch] YMCA, city records show.”

What we don’t know:

  • the truth of the allegations, but there was significant evidence to warrant an arrest
  • the amount of YMCA-related contact, if any, between the alleged offender and the victim
  • the type of screening, background checks, and supervision, that were utilized by the YMCA.

What we do know:

  • background checks and supervision are critical, no matter how well-known or visible the individual
  • less than thorough screening and supervision allows access to our children
  • nothing can undo the damage to the child if we fail to be diligent in protecting them

Please call us at 800-463-8546 to discuss this or any other risk management safety tip, or visit our web site at to learn more about YMCA risk management issues.


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