YMCA responds, child abuse charges against former employee
SALISBURY, Md. – A long time YMCA employee is at the center of a child abuse investigation. Vincent Tubbs was indicted on Tuesday but more details about the allegations against him, which date back to the early 2000’s, are coming to light.
YMCA officials tell 47 ABC they are fully cooperating with investigators. Police first approached the organization about three weeks ago, asking for information about Vincent Tubbs, a former employee. This comes after police say the 56-year-old sexually abused a child at the Y, almost two decades ago.
“On January 7th, we arrested Vincent Tubbs. He was arrested on seventeen total counts,” says First Sargent Mark Wagner with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. “Four counts of sexual abuse of a minor, four counts of sex offense in the third degree, eight counts of sex offense in the fourth degree and one count of false imprisonment.”
Police say they have evidence to believe that Tubbs abused the same victim over the course of three years between 2001 and 2004. “There were multiple instances that we are aware of and some occurred at the YMCA here in Salisbury and another at a private residence. The victim was a juvenile,” says Wagner.
The YMCA of the Chesapeake tells 47 ABC that Tubbs was the director of maintenance at the Salisbury location from September of 1994 to February of 2007.
“We cooperated fully with local law enforcement and gave them documents that we had related to his employment,” says Jennifer Ainsworth Gill, the Vice President of Member Experience for YMCA of the Chesapeake.
As the investigation moves forward, the organization says it knows it’s trusted by the community organization so it will continue to enforce child safety policies and procedures.
“We background check all of our employees and volunteers working with kids, not working with kids. Child abuse prevention training is provided for all staff and volunteers and members are screened against the national sex offender registry every night,” says Ainsworth Gill.
47 ABC also asked: how did Vincent Tubbs have contact with children, if he was the director of maintenance? The Y did not give specifics on that. But police tell 47 ABC, they believe it would have been fairly easy since he worked in a family environment. Tubbs had a hearing on Wednesday in court and was released on his own recognizance.
Right now, police say they only know of one victim but they are encouraging anyone with information about this case or similar allegations to come forward. You can call the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office at 410-548-4891. If you or someone you know is a victim of abuse you can contact the Life Crisis Center in Salisbury at 410-749-4357.