A former YMCA employee was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a sleeping girl and filming a boy who was using the bathroom.
Jermaine Ward, who worked in after school programs for the YMCA of Burlington and Camden counties, was arrested in June 2018 and pleaded guilty in December to aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said in a release.
Ward’s crimes occurred between the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018.
The girl was asleep during the assault, which happened in Maple Shade, and the boy was not aware that he was being recorded when the crime occurred in Pennsauken, Coffina said.
Ward knew the girl he assaulted and her family, as well as the boy he filmed, officials said.
The names of the young victims and other details about the incidents were withheld by the prosecutor’s office to protect their identities.
“Childhood is supposed to be a happy, carefree time, but this defendant’s heinous actions threatened to destroy that oasis for these young kids,” Coffina said. “Our Office will continue to do everything within its power to make sure that anyone who harms a child is brought to justice.”
Ward will serve his sentence at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Woodbridge, a facility which houses sex offenders.