At least three boys have come forward claiming they were sexually abused by a track coach and former staffer at a D.C. high school.
Charles Allen Young, 34, had worked in the front office at Dunbar Senior High School in Northeast, D.C. when he allegedly sexually abused a 15 year old student in November 2013.
That student, D.C. police said, came forward recently after hearing two other boys claim they were sexually abused by Young.
Young had worked as the school's community development director and had also helped with coaching the track team.
He was arrested Friday, but had resigned from his position at the school in October. He's facing first-degree child sex abuse charges.
Young reportedly befriended the victim, gave him gifts, bought him food and gave him rides home. The arrest warrant details incidents involving two other teenage boys at Dunbar.
Officials believe Young may have had more victims during his time with D.C. Public Schools. Prior to working at Dunbar, he held a three-week tenure with United Way of the National Capital Area.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Youth Investigations Division, (202) 576-6768, or police at (202) 727-9099.
ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI: Man Gets Life Sentence for CSA
A St. Charles man will spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually abusing a child younger than 14.
William Wilburn was convicted of three counts of statutory sodomy, one count of statutory rape and one count of distribution of a controlled substance to a minor.
Prosecutors say Wilburn made contact with the child through a telephone chat service and brought the child to his home. He was already a registered sex offender because of a 2007 statutory rape and sodomy conviction in St. Francois county.
Endicott, New York: 2 Child Sex Abusers Arrested
Robert Housen, of Squires Avenue, was arrested Nov. 12, after an investigation by Endicott police. Housen is accused of abusing the child on Aug. 30 at his residence, police said.
Housen was arraigned in Endicott Village Court on a felony count of first-degree sexual abuse, then sent to the Broome County jail without bail to await further court action.
The 40 year old Housen is accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl.
In a separate investigation, Endicott police arrested 31-year-old Jonathan White on Nov. 13, and charged him with a felony count of first-degree sexual abuse.
White, of Endicott, is accused of forcibly having sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl at his own residence, according to police. He was sent to the Broome County jail without bail, after arraignment in Endicott Village Court.
Chesterfield, Virginia: Baseball Coach Guilty of CSA in 3rd Trial
After twice being acquitted of sexually abusing children, a former Chesterfield Baseball Club coach has been found guilty in a third trial of sexually molesting a boy in the 1990s beginning when the child was about 7.
After a three-day proceeding in Chesterfield County Circuit Court, a jury on Wednesday found Robert J. Dodd, 50, guilty of three counts each of forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial role, and recommended he serve 99 years in prison.
The victim, now in his mid-20s, testified that Dodd began sexually molesting him in 1992 and the contact progressed to more serious abuse that didn’t end until he was 14 , said Assistant Chesterfield Commonwealth’s Attorney Susanne Bielaski, who prosecuted the case.
Dodd was twice found not guilty in separate jury trials in December 2013 and January 2014 in cases that also involved underage children.
In the first trial, Dodd was acquitted of sexually abusing a boy for six years in the 1990s beginning when the child was 6. The alleged victim was a friend of Dodd’s stepson who had occasionally spent the night at Dodd’s home.
In the second case, Dodd was acquitted of sexually fondling an intoxicated 16-year-old girl after she became sick during a party with other teens at Dodd’s home in March 2012.
“There were always ... two distinct sets of charges (against Dodd),” Bielaski said. “There were ones from the 1990s, where you have (young boys that were) members of the baseball team he coached. The second set involves a couple of young ladies that went over (to Dodd’s house) from about 2010 to 2012 to party and were served alcohol and sexually assaulted at the time.”
The two remaining cases involving teen girls have yet to be tried. With Dodd’s conviction this week, Bielaski said authorities plan to assess whether to move forward with the final cases.
In this week’s case, the victim testified the abuse began when Dodd would come into his room on the pretext to “check him,” which involved looking the boy over for cleanliness and general health. The “checks” progressed from rubbing the child’s back and legs to touching him sexually, Bielaski said.
The contact evolved over time to more serious abuse, including oral sex, the prosecutor said.
After Wednesday’s decision, substitute Judge Walter W. Stout III allowed Dodd to remain free on bond — with restrictions — pending sentencing Feb. 19.
Bielaski urged that Dodd be remanded to jail immediately, but defense attorney Craig Cooley argued that Dodd has been on bond for some time now and there have been no issues related to his release.
Dodd, whose team in 1999 was nationally ranked in the Pony League World Series competition, has an 8 p.m. curfew, must report to a probation officer and cannot have contact with anyone younger than 18.
Newport, Kentucky: Gym Teacher Charged with CSA of Girl Under 12
A fired gym teacher who is accused of sexually abusing a Newport Intermediate school girl in October was previously accused of "conduct unbecoming" at a Boone County middle school.
Eric Herald was fired Friday after he was indicted with felony sex abuse of a girl younger than 12.
The grand jury indicted him Thursday. Herald, 51, was a physical education teacher at Newport Intermediate School, hired in November 2013. He'd been a substitute teacher for Newport Independent Schools since 2011.
Earlier in 2011 he'd resigned from Boone County Schools during a disciplinary hearing in which he was accused of "conduct unbecoming" at R.A. Jones Middle School, where he apparently cut children's hair, according to the district's spokeswoman, Barbara Brady. Herald was a teacher at the school from 2005-2011 when he resigned, she said.
Brady said Herald was disciplined for the hair-cutting incident but resigned before a district hearing was held.
Newport Independent Schools Superintendent Kelly Middleton said a background check was performed on Herald before he was hired as the Newport Intermediate School gym teacher. The school has students from third through fifth grade.
Middleton said that the principal who hired Herald, Doug Cotton, who no longer is with the school, interviewed a handful of applicants for the physical education position.
The hiring process includes checking references and the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board website.
"It came up clean," said Middleton. "There's nothing flagged.
"Do I wish the principal had called more people? Yes, I do wish he had."
However, in a section that the school principal would not have immediate access to, the "conduct unbecoming" allegation shows up.
"I'm sorry for the family. I'm sorry for the kid," Middleton said at a news conference Friday morning. "I'm angry. All these emotions - they're kind of fresh."
Herald allegedly made unwanted sexual contact with a student at Newport Intermediate School on Oct. 28, according to the indictment. Campbell County Commonwealth's Attorney Michelle Snodgrass would not provide details.
School officials said Herald was removed from school immediately after police notified them of the allegations and was fired Friday after the superintendent was notified that the indictment "was official."
"Why did I fire him? Because he was indicted," Middleton said. "Nothing ... haunts me more than a child's safety being compromised."
Middleton also refused to go into greater detail about the allegations, simply referring to the incident as "inappropriate conduct with a student," because, he said, the investigation is ongoing.
When he was notified by police of the accusation against Herald, Middleton said, he was put on indefinite administrative leave.
"I looked at him point blank, and I told him that if he's indicted, as soon as he's indicted, I would terminate him."
Middleton said he and current Newport Intermediate School principal Kyle Niederman cooperated fully with the police investigation - mainly by "staying out of their way." He said the teacher's email account with the school and an iPad were confiscated. There was no immediate indication the teacher had tried to contact the student, however, he said.
Collins said the school officials provided access to everything investigators needed.
Niederman said he took a few calls from parents Friday morning after they heard that Herald was indicted.
"They are concerned, just as I am concerned," Niederman said. "I don't blame them."
Newport police declined comment. An officer said they are still investigating and need to talk to "a few more people" before elaborating on the incident.