BEDFORD, New Hampshire – A 32-year-old Goffstown man indicted for sexual abuse of children was placed on leave Monday as a manager at CrossFit-Bedford after his employer learned of allegations against him.
Fred Parker Lucy III, a former employee at the Spaulding Youth Center in Northfield, was indicted in June in Merrimack County District Court on eight felony counts and one misdemeanor for his conduct the week of July 17, 2015 to July 24, 2015. That’s when, state prosecutors allege, he engaged in a sex act with a 15-year-old girl and sent her photos and videos of his genitals.
Lucy, who left the youth center 13 months ago, has been the general manager of Crossfit-Bedford for the past year, where he also was involved in youth programs, according to Stuart Scharff of Crossfit’s management company.
Until late Monday, Lucy was shown on the Crossfit-Bedford web page holding a child and smiling, and he was working there Monday morning, Scharff said.
The company learned about the allegations when questioned by the Union Leader about Lucy’s indictment early Monday afternoon and took immediate action, contacting their attorney and placing Lucy on personal leave. By late Tuesday, his name and photo also had been removed from the website.
“We take our relationship with our customers very seriously, so we have put Fred on personal leave while we look into the charges and the whole situation in general,” Scharff said. He declined to say if Lucy was on paid or unpaid leave.
“He hasn’t had a trial or been convicted of anything, so we felt leave was appropriate,” Scharff said.
Lucy did answer phone calls or respond to emails from the Union Leader. His attorney, Paul Maggioto of Concord, said Lucy is innocent.
“We look forward to our next day in court (on Sept. 2),” he said.