A 16-year-old counselor at a New Jersey day camp has been accused of molesting three young male campers, prosecutors say.
Bergen County prosecutors say the teenage boy was arrested after another employee at the Kaplen JCC at the Palisades in Tenafly told administrators about the alleged abuse on July 28. The administrators then called police.
Special victims unit investigators interviewed every boy under the teenage counselor’s care, prosecutors say. Three 6-year-old boys made statements about inappropriate sexual touching involving the teen.
The teen was arrested Tuesday on three counts each of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, prosecutors say.
He was later released to his parents and ordered by a judge to wear an electronic monitoring device, prosecutors say.
Kaplen JCC said in a Facebook post that the teen was suspended as soon as administrators learned of the allegations and that it is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those involved and their families,” the center said.