Police: Staff member at youth center charged with sex offenses

(Lancaster Bureau of Police)

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Reading man has been charged after an investigation into misconduct and sexual assault at the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center.

According to Lancaster police, 52-year-old David Tyrone Stevenson is suspected of committing various crimes while he was a staff member at the center.

Police said Stevenson had inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old girl, offered the girl money for sex, and even gave her a razor blade so she could cut herself and move to a different facility.

Court papers claim that Stevenson also tried to touch a 17-year-old multiple times.

“Anytime there’s an allegation against a county employee, that’s disturbing and we take it very seriously,” Lancaster County Commissioner Joshua Parsons said.

According to Drew Fredericks, the director of the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center, Stevenson was an employee at the center for eight months. He said Stevenson was hired to be a role model to youth at the center.

In a statement to ABC27 News, Fredericks said, “facilities such as ours are required to run rigorous background checks on all of our employees prior to them working with our residents and then every other year after that”.

“Anyone that works with children, we expect them to be leaders and we expect to to hold them to the highest standards,” Parsons said.

According to online court documents, Stevenson is in Lancaster County Prison after failing to post $500,000 bail.

Police worry there could be more victims.

Anyone with additional information regarding misconduct at the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center or David Stevenson is asked to call Det. Harnish with the Lancaster Bureau of Police at 717-735-3350 or email harnisha@lancasterpolice.com. Tips can also be submitted at lancasterpolice.com.

Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers is also accepting tips, which can be delivered by calling 1-800-322-1913 or texting LANCS, plus a message, to 847411.

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