Sexual assault on minor investigated at Huntersville summer camp

Sexual assault of a child at a summer camp is under investigation.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. - Local police have confirmed Tuesday that they are investigating accusations that a child was sexually assaulted at a popular summer camp.

"Pretty shocked," said Charlotte Early. "Just so sad for the child and the family."

An alarming post on Facebook is grabbing the attention of hundreds of parents. The post alleges that a volunteer at the Historic Latta Plantation summer camp sexually assaulted an underage camper.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating that claim. A CMPD police report filed on June 13th states that the suspect sexually assaulted the victim, a 12-year-old boy, around 1 p.m.

The charge that is listed includes forcible fondling.

"It's risky out there," said Alison Lee, a mother of three children.

"And I send them to camp," said Lee. "You are hoping beyond hoping that they are doing this because they love children."

Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. NBC Charlotte did some digging and found camp counselors behaving badly across the country.

In New York, a counselor arrested for inappropriately touching children. In St. Louis, a man was arrested for sending naked pictures to a cop posing as a young girl. In Oregon, another counselor charged with sexually assaulting a camper.

North Carolina doesn't require camps to be licensed. Teacher Charlotte Early was shocked to hear that news.  What that means is that camps don't even have to run background checks on camp counselors.

"When you're out here counseling, that seems like it would be one of the first things they would do," said Early.
Here's the latest statement NBC Charlotte received from the Historic Latta Plantation:

"At this time, we are not speaking of the incident for privacy of the family and all those involved."
 

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