A former worker with the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area is facing a felony sex charge after he engaged in a sex act with an underage girl, according to police and court records.
David Robinson, 38, of Vista View Drive, Farmingville, was arrested on April 24 and charged with third-degree criminal sexual act, Suffolk police Assistant Commissioner Justin Meyers said Tuesday.
The criminal complaint against Robinson asserts the incident occurred in “an unknown park, in Rononkoma” late at night, sometime between June 1, 2015, and July 31, 2015.
In a statement, Meyers said: “The relationship between Robinson and the victim was fostered outside of the club.”
Boys & Girls Club board president Michael Mullaney declined to give the dates that Robinson worked at the club or why he left, but he said Robinson was a coach with the athletic program.
The club is “shocked and deeply saddened by an alleged incident involving a member of our organization,” Mullaney said, reading from a prepared statement. “Our organization is fully cooperating with the authorities during the investigation and will continue to work closely with the family of the victim during this time.”
Robinson’s attorney, Robert Macedonio of Central Islip, said his client “denies the allegations.” He said Robinson worked at the club for about four years and resigned his position sometime this year.
Macedonio said he was not aware of the circumstances surrounding the resignation.
The identity of the victim has not been released because she is the alleged victim of a crime.
Records show Robinson was arraigned on April 25, when he was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.
A temporary order of protection was issued, according to court records, which also show Robinson was released on bond.
In response to the allegations, Macedonio said, “Our investigation reveals there is evidence there is a motive of the victim for bringing these charges.” Macedonio declined to elaborate.
Mullaney noted in his statement that all club employees and volunteers must undergo a thorough criminal background check before being hired and another check annually.
“For 50 years the safety and security of the children we serve has been our top priority,” Mullaney added. “Our organization is committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior and integrity and does not tolerate inappropriate or illegal activity of any club, staff, volunteer or youth member.”
Mullaney said the club would not comment further on the case until the investigation and legal proceedings are completed.