New Charges Filed Against Boys & Girls Club Worker in Sexual Assault Case
An ex-employee of the Concord Boys & Girls Club is facing additional charges after being arrested in September for allegedly sexually assaulting an underage girl several times. 29-year-old Joshua Adams is accused of participating in sex acts with the girl, beginning when she was 14 years old. Some of these alleged assaults occurred at the Boys & Girls Club facility, while others happened on a bus for the organization and in the parking lots of McDonald’s and Walmart in Concord.
Adams now faces 13 charges of felonious sexual assault and 1 count of endangering the welfare of a minor after being indicted by a grand jury in November. The victim reported him to police at the end of August, according to officials. He was arrested on September 6 and initially charged with five counts of felonious sexual assault and one count each of endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated felonious sexual assault.
Adams worked at Boys & Girls Club locations in both Concord and Franklin. He has been out of jail on bail since October but is due to be arraigned in Merrimack Superior Court on December 17 at 8:30 a.m.
Legal Options For Victims of Youth Organization Sexual Abuse
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is an attorney who specializes in helping the survivors of sexual abuse find justice and financial support. We’ve asked him for some insight into the legal options available to those who have been sexually abused by staff members of youth organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America:
Youth organizations have many benefits to the community, as they help create enriching environments for our kids. But unfortunately, any field which involves working with kids can attract sexual predators who exploit their positions of trust in order to commit horrible crimes against children. These predators must be held accountable for their crimes. Additionally, it’s important to determine if the organization itself is liable for failing to prevent the abuse.
In cases where organizational negligence results in a failure to prevent child sexual abuse by an employee or volunteer, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the organization. For example, an organization would likely be considered negligent for failing to report suspected abuse to law enforcement in a timely manner.
If you or your child is a survivor of youth organization sexual abuse, your family has options for justice in the civil court system. You can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney.
Location of Concord Boys & Girls Club