Boys & Girls Club worker touched girl inappropriately, Kissimmee police say

Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:53:21 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 18 2014 06:43:05 PM EDT

A Boys and Girls Club worker is arrested after Kissimmee police say he touched an 11-year-old girl inappropriately.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -

A Boys and Girls Club worker was arrested Thursday after Kissimmee police say he touched an 11-year-old girl inappropriately.

Sylvester Johnson, 62, a program assistant at the Boys and Girls Club on Dyer Boulevard in Kissimmee, has been charged with lewd and lascivious battery.

Police said the victim asked Johnson for a dollar to get a snack out of the snack machine, and Johnson said he couldn't give her money in front of the other children. He then led the girl to a utility closet where he gave her a hug.

According to his arrest affidavit, he "ran his hands down her back and eventually squeezed her buttocks."

The report also stated, "Sylvester made comments to her in which he states that he wishes he were younger, so that he and (the child) can date."

Kissimmee police detectives said two more girls who attend the Boys and Girls Club have come forward, stating Johnson has touched them inappropriately as well.

"We are never alone with him," claimed summer camp goer Naya Cromes, who said she refuses to believe the allegations leveled against the man she knows as "Coach Sly."

"The boys will be playing basketball, and he will give them tips," she said. "He'll talk to some of us and give us advice. I would never think that he would be accused of something like this. I think it's ridiculous that he is."

Boys and Girls Club CEO Gary Cain said his organization runs employees through the most rigorous background checks available to employers. He said Johnson passed another check performed just last month.

Cain said Johnson has been suspended from his position until the investigation is complete.

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