The former head of teen programs at a Boys & Girls Club in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood could be charged in King County Superior Court as early as this week in connection with an alleged sexual relationship with one of the youths he was supervising.
A judge has allowed the release of the former head of teen programs at a Boys & Girls Club in Wallingford pending the filing of charges in connection with an alleged sexual relationship he had with a teen he supervised.
Augustine Williams, 28, of Lynnwood, was arrested on Friday for investigation of sexual misconduct with a minor. On Saturday, a King County District Court judge granted his release from the King County Jail on the condition that he have no contact with the teenage girl.
The King County Prosecutor’s Office could charge Williams as early as Tuesday, said Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff for Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.
According to a Seattle police report, Williams had worked at the Boys & Girls Club at 1310 N. 45th St., in Wallingford, since 2008. The alleged victim is a volunteer at the club, the report said.
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Police said that Williams and the 17-year-old girl, who is presently a sophomore in high school, were “extremely close.”
In March 2011, while Williams, the girl and others from the club were at a conference in Florida, Williams told her that he was “falling in love with her,” police said. In August, the two went to a Mariners game together to celebrate Williams’ birthday. Williams asked the girl to be his girlfriend and the two started carrying on a sexual relationship, according to the report.
The relationship continued through the end of the year, police said. It’s unclear when police started investigating.
A spokesman for the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County said that on June 7, a counselor at the club contacted Child Protective Services and the Seattle Police Department after receiving a report of “alleged inappropriate conduct by a former employee involving one of the club’s teenage members.”
It’s unclear when Williams was fired from his job at the Wallingford club.
The spokesman said that the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County is also doing an investigation.
Although the age of consent in Washington state is 16, it is against the law for a teacher or anyone else in a position of power to have sexual relations with anyone younger than 18.
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