A JCC aquatics center employee has been charged with sexual solicitation of a minor after telling an undercover detective posing as a juvenile that he wanted to engage in sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy, according to Baltimore County Police.
Charles David Beaver, 58, of the 3000 block of Main Street in Manchester, is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $100,000 bail.
Barak Hermann, president of the JCC of Greater Baltimore, and Will Minkin, chairman of the board of the JCC, sent an email to members and guests explaining the incident and saying they are “deeply disturbed and concerned.”
“Obviously we’re very disappointed and troubled by the situation,” Hermann said in an interview. “We want to make sure that all of our professional staff and everyone that works at the JCC puts the best intentions of children, individuals and families first.”
The letter he and Minkin wrote said that all prospective JCC employees have rigorous background investigation that includes fingerprinting and search of the Criminal Justice Information System.
“He had a completely, 100 percent clean record,” Hermann said. “Obviously, we hire people to work with children, parents and families and we do a very rigorous check.”
Beaver has been terminated from the JCC effective immediately, the letter said.
Hermann said Beaver was a member of the aquatics staff who taught American Red Cross certification classes, lifeguarded and gave swim lessons at both the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC and the Weinberg Park Heights JCC. Although police reported that Beaver told detectives he was in charge of the summer camp pre-K through third grade, Hermann said that is not true and Beaver had no management responsibilities.
On July 15, police got a tip that Beaver wanted to pay for sex with a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy, the news release said. A detective posing as a pimp began online communication with Beaver, and later posed as a 15-year-old boy. A meeting with the boys was scheduled at a Baltimore County hotel room. When Beaver arrived at the room, an undercover investigator answered the door and took him into custody.
Detectives also discovered that Beaver is a retired Carroll County school teacher who had been a soccer coach.
The investigation was conducted by Baltimore County detectives and members of the Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes Baltimore County Police, the FBI and other local jurisdictions.
Detectives are not sure if Beaver actually abused anyone, but are asking anyone with information to contact police at 410-307-2020.