Police: No Evidence of Child Abuse at YMCA

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AVON– Police have closed their investigation into an allegation of a two-year-old being inappropriately touched while at the Avon French Creek YMCA.

According to an internal incident report provided by the YMCA, the police were called on Jan. 14, after the toddler told her mother she was fondled by a man in a black hat. The mom reportedly discovered a problem while changing the child’s diaper.

Police say they have since spoken to the child and her family, as well as employees of the YMCA who were working in the Child Watch area.

Police say based upon the information gathered, they could find no evidence of any abuse at the YMCA or any other location.

Rick Haase, VP of Marketing for the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, released the following statement:

“The YMCA of Greater Cleveland remains a safe haven for all our members and guests, and especially the children entrusted to our care.  Their safety and security is our top priority.  As an organization, we remain committed to developing youth, promoting healthy living, and being socially responsible. We thank the Avon Police Department for the thoroughness and thoughtfulness of their recently completed investigation.  We hope everyone will continue to visit our 14 branches across six counties in Northeast Ohio, and that they will do so knowing the Y is a safe, secure, nurturing and family-centered place that is open to all and serves all.”

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