A counselor at a South Jersey Jewish Community Center camp is under investigation for alleged child sex abuse.
Officials with the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey sent a letter to parents Monday informing them of the allegations against a male assistant counselor at the JCC in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Officials told parents a child at the camp was injured about two weeks ago after an interaction with the counselor. The counselor was transferred to the kitchen but officials with a state agency determined the incident was accidental.
A week later, a parent accused the same counselor of inappropriately touching a child at the camp. The counselor was suspended. On Friday, more child sexual assault allegations surfaced against him.
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“We have been consulting with the Prosecutor’s Office,” officials wrote in their letter to parents. “Its investigation continues, and we are working with them to not do anything that might hinder the investigation. This afternoon, we were given the green light to send this letter to you.”
The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office told NBC10 they were aware of the allegations against the counselor but would not comment any further.
“I’ve been a member for years,” Lindsay Feuer of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, said. “My son went to camp here. I’ve always had a very positive experience here. I’m not here to demonize the JCC but I don’t feel like this was handled well.”
Feuer said the accused counselor watched her 3-year-old daughter.
“I don’t understand why I wasn’t called and told,” she said. “They’ve known about it for I don’t know how long.”
The suspended counselor’s identity has not been revealed. JCC officials say they remain vigilant and continue to work with investigators, “for the safety and security of our children which is always our priority.”