York YMCA chief takes administrative leave amid charges

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – The president and CEO of the YMCA of York and York County is taking an administrative leave in the wake of criminal charges against him.

Larry Richardson asked for the leave and the board of directors accepted his request, according to a YMCA statement released Wednesday.

Richardson’s decision “ensures that the YMCA can remain focused on its mission without distraction,” the organization said.

Richardson, 56, was charged last 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 suing the YMCA claims the organization failed to prevent the sexual abuse of her 5-year-old son. The complaint says a camp counselor caught a 13-year-old sexually abusing the boy at the YMCA’s Camp Spirit in 2015.

The 13-year-old allegedly was caught sexually abusing a special needs camper the previous year. The complaint says the YMCA allowed the 13-year-old to return to camp and never reported the first incident to authorities or parents.

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