Oshkosh YMCA day care employee arrested for sexual assault

Oshkosh police arrested a 75-year-old YMCA employee on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault of a child and false imprisonment.

Police say the man worked for the YMCA for several years, most recently in the drop-off day care center at the YMCA on W. 20th Ave.

Police began investigating a report of "inappropriate conduct" between the employee and a child Wednesday morning. The man was taken into custody Thursday night. He was fired by the YMCA.

The man is not being publicly identified because he has not been charged. Formal charges are expected next week.

Investigators want to hear from any parent who thinks their child might have been a victim of inappropriate conduct. Call the Oshkosh Police Department at (920) 236-5700.

You can also provide information anonymously through Winnebago Countywide Crime Stoppers at (920) 231-8477 or online at winnebagocrimestoppers.org.

Action 2 News will be at a news conference with Oshkosh police at 2 p.m.

The YMCA is cooperating with police on the investigation. Oshkosh Community YMCA president/CEO Tom Blaze issued a statement, "We are dismayed and appalled upon learning of the allegations against an employee. Upon learning of concerns regarding their conduct, the Oshkosh Community YMCA began an internal investigation that led to contacting the Oshkosh Police Department. Based upon our investigation, the employee was terminated as an employee of the Oshkosh Community YMCA. We are cooperating fully with authorities as they continue their investigation. Our focus now is providing care and assistance to our YMCA families and staff. Those with questions or concerns regarding this situation are urged to contact the Oshkosh Police Department."

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