Camp director charged with failing to report suspected abuse
The director of an Upper Perkiomen, Montgomery County, summer camp is accused of failing to report a sex assault allegation by one of the campers during the July 4 holiday.
Ryan Wexelblatt was charged with failing to report suspected child abuse and other offenses, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and Upper Perkiomen Police said today.
The incident came to the attention of authorities when someone contacted an Upper Perkiomen Police tipline and said a juvenile had been sexually assaulted by two other juveniles at the camp.
The person making the tip alleged that Wexelblatt failed to report the assault to the proper authorities.
A subsequent investigation found that a juvenile told camp counselors he had been sexually assaulted by the two others in his room during the overnight hours of July 4 into July 5, 2013.
Counselors notified camp authorities and identified the suspects to Wexelblatt, who interviewed all involved.
Authorities say that instead of notifying police, Wexelblatt told a senior counselor to drive the two suspected juveniles to Philadelphia International Airport and put them on planes to their home states.
Nor did Wexelblatt report the suspected sexual assault to child protective services, authorities allege.
Wexelblatt was arraigned and his bail was set at $20,000. A preliminary hearing on the case is scheduled for Sept. 12.
Authorities did not name the camp.
Wexelblatt is listed as founder of Camp Sequoia, which opened in 2011 for youth with social skills needs.