President Discovered on The Sex Offender Registry

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YMCA Cancels Child Care Program At [Name] Synagogue After Discovering Its President Is On The Sex Offender Registry

The [Name] YMCA has pulled out of an arrangement to use space at Temple [Name] in [Town] citing safety concerns after discovering the congregation’s president is listed on the state’s sex offender registry.

The YMCA planned to use the synagogue for a before- and after-school child care program that was scheduled to start earlier this week.

The program, set up by the town as a way to alleviate the dearth of child care, was expecting 30 children at the temple for the after-school program Monday afternoon.

Instead, the program plans to open Thursday after arranging to relocate to the [Name] YMCA in [Town].

According to records, [Adult offender], president of Temple [Name], was sentenced to probation in 2010 after pleading guilty to attempt to commit enticing a minor by computer and attempt to commit risk of injury to a minor. [Adult offender] had been caught in a computer sting in 2008 after, police say, he went to [Town] to engage in sexual activity with a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl he had met online. The girl turned out to be a cop.

Police say evidence showed that he also wanted to take sexually explicit pictures of the girl.

According to a July 2010 report in [Newspaper name], [Adult offender] was sentenced to probation because, according to his lawyer, [Name], “the medical report we submitted strongly supports a conclusion that he is not at risk of offending in the future.”

Town Manager [Name] said he was told by the YMCA that the group pulled out of the arrangement because of “safety reasons.”

“Upon further investigation … it was concerning an individual who was part of the temple,” [Town Manager] told the town council Monday night. “The Y had a reputation to protect and they felt there was a certain individual they were uncomfortable with there. They felt that issue could not be resolved by the temple. So they had a parting of the ways. It was a safety concern for them, so that’s why they pulled out.”

Parents blasted Town Councilman [Name] who they say put children at risk because he knew about [Adult offender] sex offender status and kept it from the YMCA.

[Town councilman] tried to explain to YMCA officials that [Adult offender] was not a risk to children.

”He’s not a safety threat to anybody,” [Town councilman] said Tuesday. “I’ve known him for 10 years and I’ve worked with him and helped him … There was no danger here. And I’m very proud to have him as president of our synagogue. We knew his past and I’m proud they [the congregation] recognized the good in him.”

[Town councilman] said there is “a world of difference between people who admit things and people who don’t,” adding, “I’m very proud to stand next to [Adult offender]. I’m proud of how he’s come back from this. He knows what he did was wrong and he’s paid a heavy price.”

Parents, who only learned about [Adult offender] after someone spotted him on the sex offender registry, called on [Town councilman] to resign from the council. [Parent] said she was “angry” and “felt betrayed.”

“I would never put my child in a facility with somebody on the registry,” [Parent] said. “This information was specifically kept from the Y until a parent brought it to the Y’s attention … We could have knowingly put children at risk.

“There needs to be accountability. I believe certain members who were aware of this information don’t necessarily belong on a town council where their judgement is so questionable that they would put children at risk,” she added.

Parent [Name] echoed [Parent].

“This has shamed the town and brought discredit on the council,” [Parent] said. “And you are willing to put [Town] children at risk? … There is one option for accountability. It shouldn’t be just his volunteering [to resign], it should be the rest of you promoting that idea. There’s no way any other option is acceptable.”

Councilman [Name] said the situation was “completely preventable.”

“This information was known by a councilor,” [Councilman] said. “That’s relevant information to the YMCA. That’s why they backed out. It was relevant information to the parents in the community that were looking to this solution … It was relevant information that shouldn’t have been kept in the dark. That’s transparency and it didn’t happen.”

[Town] has been struggling to provide before- and after-school care for children. The parks and recreation program, “4th R,” is filled, with dozens of children on a waiting list.

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