Janice Morse reports:
A YMCA assistant swimming coach faces an allegation of “taking indecent liberties” with a minor at a hotel while the Warren County-based team was in North Carolina for a national swim meet, authorities say.
Patrick Jeanneret, 30, who listed an address in West Chester Township, was arrested following an incident that was reported early Saturday in Greensboro, N.C., a police spokeswoman there said Monday.
Jeanneret, a part-time, paid assistant coach for about the past two years, “is no longer employed by us,” said Mike Carroll, president and CEO of the Countryside YMCA in Lebanon.
A notice was put in the mail to Jenneret on Monday informing him of that decision, Carroll said.
From Wednesday through Saturday, the Countryside Torpedoes swim team was participating in the 2013 YMCA Short Course National Championship in Greensboro. Jeanneret was one of nine assistant coaches who accompanied the team of about 200 boys and girls to the meet, along with the head coach and chaperones, Carroll said.
A girl was allegedly victimized early Saturday but details were undisclosed. The girl is a team member whose parents were both in Greensboro for the meet, Carroll said. Team members stay in a hotel together, separate from any parents who choose to attend, he said.
Asked for more information about the incident, Carroll said, “Unfortunately, I can’t say a lot about it because it’s still in process, and it involves a minor.”
Likewise, Susan Danielsen, Greensboro police spokeswoman, said that, under North Carolina law, certain information about alleged crimes involving minors is withheld from public disclosure. At last check, she was still attempting to locate records that would be releasable.
Jeanneret was freed from jail in Greensboro after posting $20,000 bond on Saturday, authorities said.
Until the alleged incident, no concerns had been raised about Jeanneret’s conduct, Carroll said. He noted that all prospective coaches are screened with local and federal criminal background checks, “full reference checks” and they undergo child-abuse training.
Jeanneret had served as a swim coach for another YMCA prior to working for the Countryside YMCA, Carroll said, but he didn’t immediately know which one. But Carroll said he did know that Jeanneret had left “on good terms” from that former job.
The YMCA is reviewing procedures to see whether anything could or should be done differently to prevent such a situation, Carroll said. “When something like this happens, you go through every policy and say, ‘What could we shore up to make it more effective?’” he said.
“We regret that anything like this would ever happen,” Carroll said, “and our primary interest is in the children…and safeguarding the interest of all the children in the program.”
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