York YMCA chief charged with failure to report suspected abuse

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Police have filed criminal charges against the president and CEO of the YMCA of York and York County.

Larry M. Richardson, 56, was charged this week with misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and failure to report a case of suspected child abuse, according to court records.

ABC27 News reported in March that a woman is suing the YMCA, claiming the organization failed to prevent the sexual abuse of her then-5-year-old son.

The complaint says the boy attended the YMCA’s Camp Spirit in the summer of 2015. A camp counselor reportedly caught a 13-year-old sexually abusing the 5-year-old.

The 13-year-old allegedly had been caught sexually abusing a special needs camper the previous year.

The complaint says the YMCA never alerted parents to the 2014 incident or reported it to authorities. Instead, the 13-year-old was allowed to return to camp the following year.

Richardson was arraigned and released from custody on $25,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled June 27.

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