Boys and Girls Club speaks out after teen director arrested for sexual misconduct
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The Boys and Girls Club in Grants Pass are speaking out after an employee was fired Monday. 37-year-old James Curry, was accused of sexual misconduct and sending inappropriate electronic messages to a 16-year-old boy who attends the boys and girls club.
Diann Gilbertson is the executive director at the Boys and Girls Club and she says in the organization's 47-year history, it has never had to deal with something like this.
"This activity is very hurtful towards my staff and all I can say right now is that we're working harder on the policies and procedures that we have," Gilbertson said.
She says she knew Curry had a criminal background, he was jailed on drug crimes, but she says he was a family member of another employee at the Boys and Girls Club - which is how he was recommended for the job.
Grants Pass police say while the incident was reported on Friday, he was picked up on Monday.
They say Curry requested sexual images of the juvenile male through social media.
Lt. Todd Moran says how important it is for parents to be aware of this kind of activity.
"It's really important that text messages and Facebook pages and Snapchats, Twitter, Instagram, all those things that parents aren't necessarily familiar with, that they get educated. There's resources through the internet to educate parents," Lt. Moran said.
He says Curry is out on bail.
Gilbertson says he was terminated from all duties and is prohibited access to the organization.