Rochester teenager sues YMCA for reported sexual assault
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – A lawsuit has been filed in Olmsted County Court seeking damages from the YMCA for the reported sexual assault of a Rochester teenager.
The complaint documents five incidents in 2018 and includes graphic descriptions of the alleged assaults.
The lawsuit names the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities as a defendant. The local Y joined the Twin Cities organization in 2017. The local site closed earlier this year.
According to the victim’s lawsuit, she and the teenager accused of assaulting her were 15 years old and part of a larger group that had frequent contact at the Y’s basketball and volleyball facilities. Three of the alleged assaults took place in the locker room after the teenager forced the girl inside.
The latest incident happened on May 26, 2018 when the teenager was accused of grabbing the victim. Her sister told YMCA staff and the teenager was ordered to leave. The victim’s father contacted the police and the teenager was charged in juvenile court. He then pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct in the 1st degree.
The lawsuit says the Y had a duty “to carefully monitor minors while they are on its premises” and “provide a safe and secure environment in which staff members carefully supervised activity areas open to customers during periods of use.”
The lawsuit says that due to the negligence of the YMCA, the victim “was sexually assaulted and was made to incur and will incur in the future medical expenses for care and treatment.
She is seeking damages in excess of $50,000.
The lawsuit includes information about the director at the time:
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