James Collins, former coach at at the Boys & Girls Club, accused of sexually abusing children
James Collins, a former supervisor, mentor, coach, and counselor at the Boys & Girls Club in Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco, N.Y. has been accused by four men of repeatedly sexually abusing them when they were children.
A lawsuit was filed last week with the Supreme Court of the State of New York in White Plains.
This lawsuit is not new to the Boys & Girls Club affiliates across the country, as there have been several sexual abuse allegations by volunteers, staff, or members .
Also named in the lawsuit, are; the Town of Mount Kisco, Camp Iroquois in that town, Chappaqua Central School District and Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, N.Y., which are all places where Collins had worked.
Collins is accused of using his positions of authority to obtain unsupervised access to the defendants, who were teenagers and vulnerable minors at the time of the alleged abuse.
Currently, there is an investigation into people who have ties to Boys & Girls Clubs of America affiliates over the past 70 years, who have been associated with allegations of sexual abuse. The youth organization, which oversees about 4,600 affiliates nationwide, has said it takes all reports of child sexual abuse seriously.
According to the lawsuit, Collins’ alleged abuse often occurred on the property of, or within facilities owned, by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America institutions. The alleged abuse also took place at Collins’ home.
The suit was brought under the recent extension of New York’s Child Victim’s Act, which has temporarily extended the statute of limitations for alleged survivors of child sex abuse to seek criminal charges or civil claims.
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