An employee of the Elgin Boys & Girls Club was reportedly charged with molesting a 14-year-old boy he met through the club while the boy was at his home.
Brett Carmouche, 24, of Elgin, was charged Thursday with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim over five years of age.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Carmouche first met the teenager at the northwest suburban club, but notes the molestation took place at his home.
Carmouche reportedly exchanged messages with the youth via Facebook and other means, and invited him to Carmouche’s home during the summer. There, he allegedly gave the teen liquor and made “inappropriate contact,” according to the reported charges.
The Sun-Times reports that a statement from the club’s board of directors on Friday said that “as soon as the board of directors learned about the allegations, it took immediate action. Brett Carmouche was placed on paid leave, prohibiting him access to the organization and any of its operations. Mr. Carmouche’s future with the Club will be determined the first part of next week.”
“We are, and have been, cooperating fully with law enforcement in the investigation of this matter. It should be noted the allegations did not take place on club premises or during club hours.”
“Our most important priorities are the safety and well-being of the children we serve, and the responsible stewardship of the resources entrusted to us by donors. Boys & Girls Clubs of Elgin is committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior and integrity, and does not tolerate inappropriate or illegal activity on the part of any Club staff, volunteer or youth member. In addition, all employees and volunteers must undergo a thorough criminal background check.”
Carmouche was held on $200,000 bond Friday.