Boys & Girls Clubs and Sexual Abuse: Clarence Albright
The following is a summary of one of many cases across the country compiled in a Hearst Connecticut Media investigation of sexual abuse connected in some way to local affiliates of Boys & Girls Club of America, their staff, volunteers, members and/or attendees. Boys & Girls Club of America said that it does not keep a public list of sexual abuse incidents connected to clubs. If you have a story to share, or have information related to this or other incidents, contact us here.
A former director of a Boys & Girls Club on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy from the club more than 100 times almost 40 years ago.
Clarence Albright “began routinely abusing the power of his position” to abuse a 12-year-old boy in 1981 shortly after he had been appointed director, according to a lawsuit filed in July in Supreme Court in New York under the Child Victims Act against him and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The act has provided a limited window extending statutes of limitations in sexual abuse cases.
The sexual abuse happened at the club and at Albright’s home “under pretext of mentorship and/or friendship,” the lawsuit alleges. Albright would also give the boy baseball tickets, money and special tasks at the club, the document continues.
The lawsuit claims the club knew or should have known of Albright’s abuse, but failed to investigate it.
The emotional and psychological trauma from the abuse has haunted the victim his entire life, according to the lawsuit, which is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
The Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, which now oversees a club at that same location, said this clubhouse was not part of their organization during the timeframe of the alleged abuse. The Madison Square club is not named as a defendant in this lawsuit.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America has said it can’t comment on specific cases, but issued a statement saying safete is the organization’s number one priority and that it takes any allegation that impacts the well-being of children very seriously.
Clarence Albright did not respond to a mailed letter seeking comment.