Sexual Abuse Cases by YMCA

At the Y The YMCA is a non–profit organization that is meant to bring communities together through connections, empowering young people, improving health, and inspiring action. Unfortunately, there have been predators that take advantage of the large population of young people that use “the Y’s” resources. Two examples of YMCA employees found guilty of serial sexual abuse are:

Michael Todd Pegrem and the YMCA

Eight men joined together in a lawsuit to accuse former YMCA counselor, Michael Todd Pegrem, of sexual abuse. The lawsuit also included the Kernersville YMCA and its parent organizations — the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina and the YMCA of USA. The assaults took place when the men were young boys at the YMCA and Pegram’s home. For more than a decade Pegrem lured boys through grooming at jobs he held as a counselor at the Kernersville Family YMCA, a volunteer firefighter, a hockey coach and a local DJ. Pegram pleaded guilty in June 2019 to five counts of first–degree sex offense, one count of attempted first–degree sex offense, one count of statutory sex offense with a child and 21 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

Michael Begin Jr. and the YMCA

Michael Begin Jr. was found guilty of molesting 20 girls between the ages of 3 and 8 at a YMCA and a Jeffersonville, Indiana elementary school. He used his position of authority to gain trust in the parents and groom the girls. There are additional civil suits against the YMCA, Begin and the Greater Clark County School Corporation.


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