YMCA Employee Suspected of Child Sexual Abuse and False Imprisonment
On December 6, Oshkosh police arrested a 75-year-old YMCA employee on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault of a child and false imprisonment. The man’s identity has not yet been released because he has not yet been charged.
According to police, the man worked for the YMCA for many years, most recently in the drop-off daycare center at the YMCA on W. 20th Ave. in Oshkosh. Police started investigating a complaint of “inappropriate conduct” between the employee and a child on the morning of Wednesday, December 5. The employee was brought into custody on Thursday night and has since been fired by the YMCA.
Formal charges are expected to be filed next week. Investigators are encouraging any parents who believe their child may have been the victim of similar inappropriate conduct to call the Oshkosh Police Department at 920-236-5700.
Does the YMCA Have a Sexual Abuse Problem?
The YMCA does a lot of good for the community. But unfortunately, this organization has recently had troubles with child sexual abuse committed by employees and volunteers.
In October 2017, a former YMCA employee in Jeffersonville, Indiana was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing at least 20 children – many of whom he came into contact with through the YMCA.
In November of this year, a YMCA worker in Kernersville, North Carolina was arrested and charged with more than 20 counts of child sexual abuse involving eight different victims.
Cases of YMCA sexual abuse have also been reported in Pennsylvania, California and other states.
Legal Recourse For Survivors of YMCA Child Sexual Abuse
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps survivors of sexual violence find justice and financial support. We’ve asked him to discuss the legal options available to those who have suffered child sexual abuse by YMCA employees and volunteers:
Staff members of the YMCA are in positions of trust, including many positions that involve watching over children. Tragically, it’s common for such positions of trust involving kids to attract sexual predators who abuse their trust and commit reprehensible crimes. When this happens, we must make sure that the perpetrator is brought to justice and that the victims and their families get all of the support they need.
In some cases of YMCA sexual abuse, the organization itself may be negligent for failing to prevent sexual abuse. This was the argument of a Pennsylvania mother who sued the YMCA of York for allegedly failing to protect her son from being sexually abused by an older boy with a history of sexual abuse. When negligence was a factor in enabling sexual abuse to occur, the victims and their families likely have a strong case for a lawsuit against the YMCA.
If you believe your child has been sexually abused at a YMCA facility, you have options for support and justice. If you’d like to learn more about your family’s legal options, consider speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney.