Monday, April 20, 2009

YMCA employee on 20 criminal charges including child rape

http://www.tauntongazette.com/archive/x180623295/Melrose-YMCA-employee-indicted-today-on-20-criminal-charges-including-child-rape Melrose YMCA employee indicted today on 20 criminal charges, including child rape
Photo courtesy Melrose Police Department James Conner, 51, assistant director of the Melrose YMCA After School program at the Beebe School and a YMCA girls basketball coach, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 12 at his home in North Reading. Loading content... Related Links Melrose YMCA employee arrested on child rape charges (02/19/09) By Daniel DeMaina GateHouse News Service Posted Apr 02, 2009 @ 05:30 PM
Melrose — James Conner, the former site director of the Melrose YMCA’s after-school program at the Beebe School for children in grades 3-6 and a YMCA youth sports coach, was indicted today on 20 criminal charges, including forcible child rape — and assaults on a second victim — according to the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone. Investigators say they have also uncovered evidence that Conner secretly videotaped some of the sexual assaults over the course of several years. Conner, 51, a North Reading resident and a girls basketball coach for the Melrose YMCA, allegedly assaulted the two girls, whom he coached, at both his home in North Reading and at various locations of the Melrose YMCA’s after-school program, according to information from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. Both the victims were under the age of 14 at the time of the alleged assaults. According to allegations by the DA’s office, Conner used hidden cameras to film his sexual assaults of both victims without their knowledge. The recordings were discovered at Conner’s home when he was arrested the evening of Feb. 12, after one of the victims came forward earlier that day with allegations that Conner had assaulted her. Conner was arraigned the next day in Woburn District Court on two counts of rape of a child by force and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. The new charges handed down in the indictment today include three additional counts of rape of a child by force; three additional counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14; two counts of posing a child in a state of nudity; two counts of posing a child in sexual conduct; photographing or videotaping a nude person without their knowledge; interception of oral communications; and intimidation of a witness, according to the DA’s office. Prosecutors also charged Conner with four counts of possession of child pornography after they discovered “several thousand images and videos” on an external computer hard drive at Conner’s home, according to the DA’s office. Those images and videos have been “widely disseminated by others in the past” and depict children "unrelated to the investigation" involving the two local victims, but "previously known to and identified by law enforcement officials worldwide." Conner posted a $25,000 bail on Feb. 23 and has been monitored by GPS as a condition of his release. Melrose and North Reading Police, along with members of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Child Abuse and Cyber Enforcement Units, investigated the case, leading to Conner’s indictment. The Melrose Free Press

Melrose YMCA accused child rapist free on bail
Thu Apr 09, 2009, 11:10 PM EDT
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James Conner, the former site director of the Melrose YMCA’s after-school program at the Beebe School and a YMCA youth sports coach, will continue to wear a GPS monitoring device, but walked out of Middlesex Superior Court free on bail Tuesday morning, April 7, after his arraignment on 20 criminal charges including child rape of two victims under the age of 14.

1 comment:

eric said...

I would just like to say, i dont believe this story should be on a blog about christian child abuse. I work for the YMCA, actually one of the old Y's this man used to work for and in no way are the YMCA's in this area christian. Yes, it is called the "young mens christian association," but as an atheist, i would not work for an institution that does preach religion. i think that instead of criticizing the YMCA, they should be given credit for what they have done, especially the former Y that this man worked for, by firing him on suspicion of misconduct, and informing the Melrose Y that they should not hire him. He was only hired by the Melrose Y because the mother of the girl that was suspected of being abused wrote a letter of recommendation to the melrose Y.