Boys & Girls Clubs and Sexual Abuse: Juan Contreras
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 employee at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley in Alamosa, Colorado, served 120 days in prison for abusing a 14-year-old girl in 2012.
The club's executive director contacted law enforcement after the girl told him club staff member Juan Contreras had touched her inappropriately, according to a police report.
The victim told police that Contreras, then 24, had hit her buttocks multiple times at the club and kissed her twice when they left to get pizza, according to Alamosa District Court records.
She reported feeling "uncomfortable and scared," an application for Contreras' arrest warrant said.
The girl also described how Contreras began texting her about a month prior to these events, once writing that he wished she was older so he could date her, police said.
Aaron Miltenberger, current president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley, said the organization has made a number of enhancements to its safety policies, prohibiting electronic communication outside the club as well as one-on-one contact, implementing a visitor sign-in system and tightening entry rules when it comes to who can enter the facility.
All staff and volunteers must undergo criminal background checks, according to Miltenberger, who added that employees are trained as mandatory reporters.
"The safety, protection and well-being of our Club members is paramount at all times," the CEO said. "We never stop addressing ways to ensure that the kids we serve are safe within our Clubs – and we never will."
Contreras admitted to his crimes, police said. He was charged with one count of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, and one count of sexual assault on a child, court records indicate.
Eventually, the court reached a plea deal with Contreras, and in November 2012 he pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse, agreeing that there was a "sexual factual basis" to the offense, according to court records.
In addition to jail time, Contreras had to serve probation and pay for the victim's counseling. As of early July, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's online sex offender search listed him at an Alamosa address.