According to WFMZ, allegations of sexual abuse have been brought against a camp counselor from YMCA Camp Bernie in Lebanon Township, located at 327 Turkey Top Rd, Port Murray, NJ 07865.
Authorities arrested 24-year-old Joshua Daranijo on Wednesday, August 17, 2022. The camp counselor is accused of having sexual contact with three campers all under the age of 13. He is facing three counts each of sexual assault by contact and endangering the welfare of a child.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent files civil lawsuits for victims of sexual assault in New Jersey. As an experienced sex abuse attorney, he recently shared some of his thoughts regarding when parents can file a sex abuse lawsuit if a summer camp counselor sexually abuses their child.
"Camp counselors are trusted professionals, and no parent ever expects their child's camp counselor to violate their trust, especially by committing sexual abuse. While most camp staff are trustworthy people, there have also been cases of camp counselors sexually abusing children in their care. However, when a summer camp counselor is arrested or accused of sexually abusing a child, it's important that the parents are aware of their legal rights. Criminal charges can be brought against the perpetrator by reporting the abuse to law enforcement, but there are also cases where victims can file a sexual abuse lawsuit."
"The camp facility has a duty to ensure the safety of the campers enrolled in the program. This safety could include running a background check to ensure they do not hire a counselor with a history of sexual abuse. Additionally, security cameras and double supervision can help to reduce the risk of preventable abuse. If a camp facility is found to have neglected the security of the property or program, it could be held liable. Victims and the parents of victims sexually abused by a camp counselor can learn more about the legal rights available by consulting with an experienced sex abuse victim lawyer."