Boys & Girls Club fires worker over sex allegations

Posted: Monday, February 12, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An employee of the Boys & Girls Club of the Tanana Valley has been fired over allegations that he and a 14-year-old girl had sex on several occasions. No charges have been filed, but the case is expected to go to a grand jury this week.

Fairbanks Police Detective Randy Coffey said the 27-year-old man and the girl had numerous sexual encounters at a friend's house and had sex once at the Fairbanks club. He wouldn't identify the man.

Coffey said the girl admitted that she, the employee, and a friend of his went to the club about 1:30 a.m. two months ago. She and the employee, who has keys to the club, reportedly had sex in the basement.

''It sounds like there were quite a few incidents, but we haven't narrowed it down to days and times yet,'' Coffey said. ''He may also be looking at charges for entering the Boys & Girls Club after hours.''

Jennifer Nehlsen, the club's executive director, said the man was first suspended when she found out about the allegations from the girl's family last week. He was fired soon afterward. She also would not provide the man's name.

Coffey, the detective, said sexual abuse of a minor charges will be brought before a grand jury Wednesday.

The man had held a paid position since August and had been a volunteer prior to that. He was one of 15 paid employees at the club, which relies heavily on volunteers to serve roughly 2,100 youths per year through facilities in Fairbanks, North Pole and Two Rivers.

Nehlsen said the man had keys to the facility because he was responsible for opening up the building on Saturdays. A background check done before the man was taken on as a volunteer found no evidence of prior improper conduct, she said.

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