Two participants of the D.C. Summer Youth Employment Program claim they were victims of sexual misconduct this week, according to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s office.
On Wednesday, a 17-year-old allegedly was fondled by a file clerk at the D.C. Department of Employment Services. He was charged with second-degree sexual abuse.
Friday morning, a 19-year-old got to Anacostia High School for work early and was allegedly inappropriately touched by a contractor working on the building. Charges have not yet been filed in that case.
“These alleged acts are extremely alarming, disappointing and reprehensible,” Gray said. “We take very seriously any allegations of improper conduct and criminal acts against our youth. We will not tolerate, for a moment, the victimization of our young people in the Summer Youth Employment Program who have the right to expect this to be a wholesome, healthy and enriching work experience.”
Summer Youth Employment staff will reemphasize safety measures taught during orientation and remind participants to report improper or questionable behavior. Supervisors also were reminded to be vigilant.