St. Petersburg, Florida -- A Boys & Girls Club volunteers was arrested Tuesday after a lewd and lascivious complaint was filed with the agency.
Officers say 23-year-old Jeremy Lomack was a volunteer youth leader for the Suncoast Chapter of the Boys & Girls Club of America at the Royal Theater on 22nd Street S.
Over the course of the first week of camp, Lomack sent the 14-year-old girl sexual text messages--such as "I would love to give you some d***," "would you let me?", and "did you get my pictures?"--in an attempt to lure her into a physical relationship.
The girl complained to a friend about the photos and texts who then told a staff member.
Once the Boys & Girls Club staff heard about the incidents, they immediately dismissed Lomack of his position with the agency and contacted the girl's mother.
After an investigation, St. Pete police arrested Lomack. He has been charged with Pornography and Child Exploitation and Use of a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony offense.
Boys & Girls Club Board Chairman Larry Crowley released the following statement regarding the incident:
"At the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast, we hold the safety of our youth as our first priority. Any situation that challenges this mission is taken very seriously.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast has been informed by the St Petersburg Police Department that one of our adult volunteers is under investigation for an alleged crime.
The volunteer was removed from all programs as soon as we were notified. The organization is deeply concerned about these allegations, and is cooperating fully with law enforcement authorities in a thorough investigation of this case. We continuously strive to ensure our youth are not only safe, but supported when unfortunate situations occur.
Our most important priorities are the safety and well-being of the children we serve, and the responsible stewardship of the resources entrusted to us by donors.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast is committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior and integrity, and does not tolerate inappropriate or illegal activity on the part of any Club staff, volunteer or youth member.
In addition, all employees and volunteers must pass a level two FBI background check prior to having access to children in our programs. The volunteer in question cleared his level two background check and had also completed an affidavit of good moral character.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast will withhold further comment on this case until the investigation is completed and the case is resolved.