Articles Posted in Youth Group Sexual Abuse

There have been reports of sexual abuse involving the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) in the past. Like many organizations that work with children, the YMCA has unfortunately had cases of sexual abuse occur within its facilities or programs.

The law firm of Cerri, Boskovich & Allard sued the YMCA of the Silicon Valley in 2014. The case settled favorably for the victims.

In 2019, the YMCA of the USA reached a settlement with several victims of sexual abuse who had filed lawsuits against the organization.

The lawsuit was filed by the law firm of Cerri, Boskovich & Allard on behalf of a victim of Wrestling Coach and Youth Group Leader Kevin Lopez.

The law firm of Cerri, Boskovich & Allard is announcing a $1.548 million settlement resulting from sexual abuse committed by convicted wrestling coach and youth group leader Kevin Lopez. Attorney Lauren Cerri represented the victim in his lawsuit against both the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and New Life Church of Alamo.

The lawsuit alleged that one year before Lopez was arrested, the administration at California High School in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District violated mandatory reporting laws by failing to report suspected sexual abuse and by conducting its own investigation after receiving two complaints about Lopez’s sexual improprieties. The District agreed to settle the case against it for $699,000.

Sexual abuse lawsuit names the Boys Scouts of America’s local representative, the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council [“SVMBC”], and Willow Glen-based Lincoln Glen Church.

In representing a young sexual abuse victim, our lawsuit alleges that the named entities failed to properly supervise convicted child molester Ronald Guinto. As a result, a then ten-year-old Boy Scout was sexually abused.

The lawsuit claims that in March of 2008, Ronald Guinto contacted the SVMBC and asked if he could volunteer with a Boy Scout pack near his San Jose home. Despite no history with the Boy Scouts nor any wilderness training experience, Guinto was able to obtain a volunteer position with a group of 9 to 11-year-old boys. Within a few months, Guinto achieved a leadership position as Webelos Den Leader for Pack 220. That position gave him the ability to plan and carry out overnight campouts and outdoor activities.

Nicolas Lhermine, YMCA Childcare Worker Sex Abuse Preliminary Hearing

Nicolas Lhermine is ordered to stand trial on sex abuse charges following a preliminary hearing in which the victims testified in this childcare worker sex abuse case.  Nicolas Lhermine faces six felony charges, the most being severe oral copulation or penetration of a child under 10, which may result in a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

Nicolas Lhermine, Morgan Hill YMCA Employee Charged with Sex Abuse of Children

Reports are surfacing that accused child molester, Nick Lhermine of the Morgan Hill YMCA, may have sexually abused numerous children at the Paradise Valley Elementary School daycare facility. The YMCA of Silicon Valley is responsible for the administration of 12 Association Centers in the area. This includes the Mt. Madonna YMCA,which operates the YMCA – Paradise Valley summer child care day camp on the premises of Paradise Valley Elementary School in Morgan Hill. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that Lhermine was hired as an aide in February of 2011.

Citing court documents and interviews with law enforcement, reports from the news media indicate that at least four children have come forward indicating they were victims of Lhermine’s sex abuse at the Morgan Hill YMCA’s childcare facility located at Paradise Valley Elementary School. As a result, Nicolas Lhermine is accused of molesting children as young as 5 and 7 years old.

KTVU Channel 2 News is reporting that a civil lawsuit was filed against a Santa Clara County group home this month after it was warned about the behavior of one of its staff members, but did nothing to prevent him from allegedly sexually abusing students.

San Jose childhood molestation attorney Robert Allard alleges in the lawsuit filed against Eastfield Ming Quong (EMQ) Children and Family Services that the sexual molestation of a 12-year-old girl was preventable and that the facility retaliated against the victim for reporting the sexual abuse.

More details on the story can be found at KTVU.

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