Boys & Girls Clubs and Sexual Abuse: Donald Brammer
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A volunteer "adoptive grandfather" with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is serving a 25-year sentence after he sexually abused and stalked a 12-year-old girl he met through the club.
A jury in October 2017 found Donald Brammer, then 78, guilty on seven counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count each of neglect of a dependent person, assault causing bodily injury, false imprisonment and stalking.
The girl in January 2016 disclosed the abuse to her coach and staff with Project Harmony, who contacted authorities. She also told her doctor about the abuse in the summer of 2017, according to police reports. She later told police that in 2014 and 2015, she would go to Brammer's apartment, where he would take her clothes off, lock her in the bathroom, then leave and later come back to molest her.
Police first started investigating potential abuse complaints against Brammer in 2016, but didn't have enough evidence at the time to file charges. At that time the girl told police that Brammer would buy her things and had given her spiked drinks that made her feel sick and pass out, but she was unsure of what happened next and whether she had actually been assaulted.
In 2016, the girl's parents ordered Brammer to stay away from the girl and her family due to the ongoing investigation and prior complaint, yet he kept showing up at her house, her school and her soccer and volleyball games, court records show. Brammer was then charged with stalking the victim.
As part of his sentence, Brammer was ordered to pay restitution to the girl, to have no contact with her or her family for at least five years and to register as a sex offender.
Brammer appealed his conviction in January 2018. However, he died in prison in November 2018, before his appeal could be heard.
The club did not respond to requests for comment.