Camp director Ryan Wexelblatt accused of not reporting suspected child abuse
Updated On: Aug 01 2013 09:36:14 AM CDT
A Montgomery County camp owner/director has been charged with failing to report suspected child abuse.
Ryan Wexelblatt was arrested Tuesday after Upper Perkomen police received information from a Crime Stoppers tip line alleging that a juvenile male was sexually assaulted by two other juveniles at a summer camp in Upper Perkiomen.
The tip also said the 41-year-old Wexelblatt of Narberth, did not report the assault to proper authorities.
An investigation showed that during the overnight hours of July 4-5, the victim told counselors at Camp Sequoia he had been sexually assaulted with a glow stick in his room that night.
Camp Sequoia is a six-week camp for special needs children with poor social skills. Children come from all over the country for the camp and campers are housed at the Perkiomen School campus during their entire stay.
According to the Perkiomen School, Camp Sequoia rented out space at the school and is not affiliated with the school, its students or employees in any way.
After the incident, he counselors immediately went up the chain of command, notifying the most senior counselor who in turn, explained the alleged assault and identified the perpetrators to camp director Wexelblatt early July 5, police said.
According to the investigation, Wexelblatt briefly interviewed all of the juveniles involved in the assault, then instructed his senior counselor to drive the two responsible for the assault to the Philadelphia International Airport that same morning, July 5, and make sure they boarded flights for their home states.
Court papers indicate that Wexelblatt never told the victim's parents about the incident.
"At no time did Wexelblatt report the victim’s suspected sexual assault to any law enforcement or child protective services, pursuant to his mandatory responsibilities, as a child care worker, to report such assaults on children," said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman.
"At no time did Wexelblatt instruct any of his counselors and/or employees to report the victim’s suspected sexual assault to the proper authorities," she added.
Wexelblatt's bail was set at $20,000.
His preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 12 at 10 a.m.
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