NEW INFO: Boys & Girls Club director charged with sexual battery

WASHINGTON, NC (WITN) - The director of an Eastern Carolina Boys & Girls Club location has been charged with two counts of sexual battery.

Darnell Maye was arrested last night. He is charged with the misdemeanor counts in both Beaufort & Pitt counties.

Washington police say the 49-year-old man was the director of the Boys & Girls Club location in that city.

According to the Pitt County warrant, Maye is accused of touching the private parts of the victim in a sexual manner.

Greenville police say their case happened at Maye's home on Sanibelle Lane on June 21st. The other case occurred at the Boys & Girls location in Washington and involved the same victim, who was a member of the youth club.

Police say the victim is over the age of 16.

According to a letter to parents that was obtained by WITN, Maye has been suspended, banned from the property, and they contacted local authorities. It also says clubhouse locks have been changed.

"We are shocked and deeply concerned about these allegations and our hearts go out to all involved," said president & CEO Kimberly Boyd.

Boyd told WITN that all of their employees and volunteers must go through a thorough criminal background check annually.

"The safety and protection of children is our top priority, and we remain confident that Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is a safe place for youth in our community," Boyd said in a statement.

Maye, who is out of jail, has a court date next Wednesday in Pitt County, and one for August 29th in Beaufort County.


Boys & Girls Clubs statement

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain recently learned of the arrest of staff member Darnell Maye of our Washington Unit, relating to allegations of inappropriate behavior. We are shocked and deeply concerned about these allegations and our hearts go out to all involved. Immediately upon hearing of the allegations, the employee was suspended, banning him from any further contact with our members, programs or premises, and we contacted local authorities.

The safety and protection of children is our top priority, and we remain confident that Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is a safe place for youth in our community. Our organization 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. All employees and volunteers must undergo a thorough criminal background check annually. All policies are designed to ensure the maximum safety and protection of Club members and staff.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain will continue our full cooperation with authorities involved in the investigation of this serious matter and will share any further information when the investigation and judicial process are complete.