Leaders at a south Charlotte day care said they are reviewing their child-protection policies and hiring practices after a revelation last month that a former worker had admitted to molesting Boy Scouts in the 1970s.
But Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Churchs senior minister, the Rev. Rush Otey, said that thus far, the practices at the churchs Child Development Center seem to be more than adequate. Those include repeated background checks and required periodic child protection training.
The story here is not about our policies or practices, but about the Boy Scouts failure to report the accusations within their organization to law enforcement over several decades, Otey said.
Thomas Menghi Jr., 69, of Monroe confessed to molesting Boy Scouts while he served as a scoutmaster in Fayetteville in the 1970s.
The confession was buried among thousands of long-secret case files the Boy Scouts of America held on suspected abusers.
Until forced by a court recently to open their so-called perversion files, the Boy Scouts typically didnt tell police and other authorities they had information on suspected child abusers. They used the files to ban people from the Scouts, but they didnt share them with police for fear of bringing bad publicity to the Scouting movement.
In 2002, Menghi was hired as an office worker at the Charlotte day care center. He was laid off in 2011 after a restructuring.
There have been no hints or allegations about any inappropriate behavior or misconduct by Mr. Menghi during his tenure here, Otey said in an email.
He added that there have been no instances of alleged abuse or sexual misconduct related to any present or former employee of the daycare center.
Meanwhile, law enforcement officials said Menghi hasnt been charged with anything since the revelation and there are no active warrants for him in the state.
Lillian Dickson, whose infant son was enrolled at the school in 2002 and 2003, said she hopes those scouts who were molested in the 1970s come forward so that Menghi can be charged. Otherwise, Dickson said its unlikely he will be.
She added that she doesnt have any hard feelings for the day care center.
I hold the Boy Scouts responsible for not turning him in to begin with, Dickson said. Its frustrating that people like that dont get turned in when it happens.
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