Osceola Boys, Girls Club employee jailed for lewd battery
Kissimmee police officers arrested an employee of the Osceola Boys and Girls club Thursday night after it was reported that the man inappropriately touched an 11-year-old girl at the club.
Sylvester Johnson, 62, of Kissimmee, was charged with lewd and lascivious battery. He worked as a part-time program assistant at the Osceola Boys and Girls Club.
Johnson was arrested on Thursday, when the mother of the victim contacted the Osceola Boys and Girls Club at 2411 Dyer Blvd., about the incident. President and CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida Gary Kain said that the club immediately suspended Johnson and sent him home before contacting Department of Children and Families and the Kissimmee Police Department about the alleged crime.
When Kissimmee Police Department detectives arrived, the victim told them that she asked Johnson for a dollar to get a snack out of the snack machine. He told her that he could not give her money in front of other children and led her to a utility closet where he touched her inappropriately, police reports stated. In the beginning stages of the investigation, other girls who attended the Boys and Girl Club came forward saying that Johnson has touched them inappropriately as well. Detectives are still looking into those allegations.
Detectives then interviewed Johnson and charged him. He was taken to the Osceola County Jail on no bond.
Kain said that Johnson, like every Boys and Girls Club employee, was put under a Level 2 fingerprint screening before he was hired and every year he was employed, with the most recent screening in June. Every screening turned up no history of arrests or prior incidences. In terms of this recent incident, Johnson is no longer allowed to step foot on Boys and Girls Club property again.
“We work very hard for them (children) each day and for the families who work very hard, some with working moms and working dads. We are there to serve children who are from lesser-advantaged circumstances, so, on a personal level, this hits me right in the gut. I hate this, but, I’ll tell you this, we’ll deal with it very proactively, and we already have,” said Kain.