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Greenfield, IN - Two J.B. Stephens Elementary School Students Accuse YMCA Employee, Jericho Johnson, of Inappropriately Touching Them in After School Program

Greenfield, IN - Two J.B. Stephens Elementary School Students Accuse YMCA Employee, Jericho Johnson, of Inappropriately Touching Them in After School Program
Published: February 19, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on February 19, 2024

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Staffer Arrested for Sexual Misconduct at After-School Program

According to WTHR, Greenfield police arrested Jericho Johnson, a 26-year-old employee of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis located at 6610 Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220, for allegedly inappropriately touching two children under the care of the YMCA after-school program. Authorities reported the incidents occurred on Wednesday afternoon, February 14, 2024, at J.B. Stephens Elementary School located at 1331 N Blue Rd, Greenfield, IN 46140, where Johnson was working as part of his duties. 

The arrest was made following reports from concerned parents and swift action by law enforcement. A parent contacted the police to report that their child had been touched inappropriately by Johnson. Subsequently, while investigating the matter, another child came forward with a similar claim against the suspect.

Upon receiving the report, the YMCA immediately suspended Johnson from his position. Sensing the gravity of the situation, Johnson left the school premises before the arrival of law enforcement officials. The police are urging parents whose children have been attending the YMCA after-school program at J.B. Stephens Elementary since January 12 or have had any contact with Mr. Johnson elsewhere to have a conversation with their children, ensuring their safety and well-being.

Detective Andrew Pfaff, leading the investigation, has requested parents to contact him at 317-477-4410 or report any suspicions of abuse to the Hancock County 911 Center at 317-477-4400. It is crucial for parents to come forward if they believe their child may have been a victim of misconduct.

The Greenfield Police Department is working diligently to gather evidence and interview potential witnesses to build a strong case against Jericho Johnson. The safety and protection of the community's children remain their utmost priority, and they are committed to bringing justice in this distressing incident.

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has expressed deep concern and shock over the allegations. They are fully cooperating with law enforcement officials and conducting an internal investigation to ensure the safety and security of all children under their care. The YMCA's primary focus is on supporting the affected families and providing them with the necessary resources and assistance during this difficult time.

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Legal Options for Victims of Child Sex Abuse in After-School Programs

In the wake of recent allegations of child sex abuse involving a YMCA staffer at an elementary after-school program, it is crucial to understand the legal options available to victims and their families. To provide insights into this complex matter, we sat down with Jeff Gibson, Esq., a respected child sexual abuse lawyer based in Indiana. In this exclusive interview, Mr. Gibson discusses the steps victims and their families can take in pursuing civil cases against liable parties, including evidence gathering, the impact of statute of limitations, and the importance of emotional support throughout the process. Join us as we explore the path toward justice and healing for survivors of child sex abuse in after-school programs.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Welcome, Mr. Gibson. Can you shed some light on what steps sex abuse victims and their families can take in pursuing a civil case against liable parties in such situations?

Jeff Gibson, Esq. (JG): Thank you, Darla. It's crucial for victims and their families to understand their legal options in cases of sexual abuse. In instances where a child has been sexually abused at an after-school program, such as the YMCA or an elementary school, they may have grounds for a civil case against the liable parties involved. It's important to consult with an experienced sexual abuse attorney to assess the specific circumstances and determine the best course of action.

DM: What are some of the key elements that victims and their families should consider when pursuing a civil case?

JG: Firstly, it's essential to gather as much evidence as possible to support the claim. This can include any documentation related to the incident, witness statements, medical records, and any other relevant information. Additionally, it's important to consult with an experienced child sex abuse lawyer to navigate the legal process effectively and ensure the best possible outcome.

DM: What about the statute of limitations? Does it affect civil cases related to child sex abuse?

JG: In Indiana, the statute of limitations for civil cases involving child sex abuse has undergone significant changes in recent years. Previously, there were limitations that could prevent victims from seeking legal recourse. However, with the passage of new legislation, victims now have an extended time frame to file a civil lawsuit. It's crucial to consult with an attorney to understand the specific statute of limitations that applies to each case.

DM: Are there any other avenues victims and their families should explore?

JG: Absolutely. It's important for victims and their families to prioritize their emotional well-being during this challenging time. Seeking therapy and counseling services can provide crucial support to help survivors heal and cope with the trauma they have endured. Additionally, joining support groups or connecting with other survivors can create a sense of community and empowerment. It's important to remember that they are not alone in this journey.

DM: Thank you, Mr. Gibson, for sharing your expertise on this matter. This information will undoubtedly be valuable to our readers who may find themselves in similar circumstances.

JG: It's been my pleasure, Darla. I hope that by shedding light on the legal options available, we can empower victims and their families to seek justice and move toward healing.



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