An employee with the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, who is on administrative leave while the investigation of an allegation of gross sexual imposition continues, is accused of fondling a young boy’s genitals in a bathroom at the facility.
That detail is outlined in an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Dayton Municipal Court on Wednesday.
WHIO.com and the Dayton Daily News are not identifying the museum employee by name because no criminal charges have been filed.
According to the affidavit, Dayton Detective Elizabeth Alley said she spoke with a Dayton Children’s Hospital social worker on Oct. 5 about a 4-year-old boy’s report to his mother that he had been touched sexually in a bathroom at the Boonshoft on Oct. 2.
The social worker told Alley she spoke with the boy at the hospital emergency room.
The boy’s mother told the social worker her son came home from school that day upset and told her the employee gave him a bear hug while in the bathroom, “unzipped his pants, put his hands down [the child’s] pants and squeezed his private (what he calls his penis).”
The boy said that when he exited the bathroom he told his teacher, who said she would call his mother, according to the affidavit.
Alley went to the Boonshoft on Oct. 5 and spoke with the CFO, telling him she was concerned for the safety of the children in the Boonshoft.
Alley said she told the CFO she needed to be certain the accused employee was not around children until the investigation of the accusation is complete.
Alley said she conducted an audio and video interview with the boy on Oct. 5. During that interview, the boy said his teacher walked him to the bathroom and the employee was already in there as his teacher waited outside the door.
The boy said when he exited one of the stalls, the employee grabbed him and assaulted him. The boy said he told the man to stop.
The boy said the man was in the bathroom “waiting to do that to him,” Detective Alley wrote in the affidavit.