YMCA counselor accused of sex with teen

Sarasota, Florida -- A Sarasota YMCA counselor that a 16-year-old girl turned to for help is now accused of having sex with her.

Detectives with the Venice Police Department say 33-year-old Andre Humphrey picked up the teen from Venice High School on Thursday morning to have sex. The two met during the three weeks the teen was at a shelter for runaways in Sarasota where Humphrey worked. The teen had been recently discharged from the facility.

Thursday started out like any other day in the drop-off lanes at Venice High, but school resource officer Ruth Terry noticed something strange.

Venice Police Chief Tom McNulty says it was, "Good police work - she realized something wasn't right."

Andre Humphrey is a father, but instead of dropping off a teen like other parent, he picked up a 16-year-girl in his black Mercedes Benz. It was 7:15 in the morning and the incident was caught on surveillance camera.

Officer Terry did some digging. She reviewed the tape and figured out who the teen was. She called the teen's mother and learned the girl was skipping school. Investigators say the teen's friends also weighed in on who the teen may have been with. When the officer called the YMCA shelter located on South Briggs Avenue in Sarasota, she learned there was a behavior coach who worked there who drove a black Mercedes Benz.

Kurt Stringfellow is the President and CEO of the YMCA. He says he's reached out to the victim and her family to, "Let her know that we're so sorry for this event and what happened and we're in full support with law enforcement with the investigation."

Stringfellow says Humphrey passed a criminal background check and all his evaluations were good. He says they've reviewed the shelter's surveillance camera video too and they can't find any evidence of any other incidents involving Humphrey at the shelter. He says if there are any other victims out there they want to know about.

"We need to, as always, review our polices and procedures," he adds.

Police say Humphrey told the teen if anyone ever found out about their relationship he'd lose his job, his kids and he'd go to jail. Detectives arrested Humphrey early Friday morning and Stringfellow says the YMCA has terminated him for violating its code of conduct and behavior policy as well as its child protection policy. No word yet on how many children he has and who is caring for them.

Meanwhile, Stringfellow says the shelter for runaways has historically made a tremendous impact of young people.

"It's the only one of its kind in the area for them to go."


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