Former Florida YMCA Counselor Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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Former South Palm Beach County YMCA Counselor Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

A former South Palm Beach County YMCA faces charges of child pornography, according to an investigation by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The South Palm Beach County YMCA says 25-year-old Isaac Gabriel Yunes was a part-time kid there for five years from 2014 to 2019. Yunes faces charges of possession of 10 or more child pornographic images in 30 counts and destruction of evidence in one count Beach Cop The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested Yunes Friday afternoon and he is currently in the county jail without bail. YMCA leaders also say that all of Yunes’ state and federal background checks before and after his hire came back clean, they are unaware of any inappropriate behavior during his time at the YMCA, and he had no disciplinary issues there. Stay Up To Date: WPBF Local Coverage 25 News The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says detectives are still following leads and if anyone else has been victimized or they have more information about Isaac Yunes, they should call Detective Emma Borrows at Call 561-688-4080. South Palm Beach County YMCA Statement “We recently learned that a former South Palm Beach County YMCA employee, Isaac Gabriel Yunes, has been charged by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office with multiple counts of child pornography for conduct in the Y.” Yunes was employed as a part-time child care consultant from 2014 to 2019. there was no cause for concern regarding his background, nor were there any disciplinary issues during his tenure with the South Palm Beach County YMCA. Yunes has successfully completed the required child abuse prevention training. “We were deeply saddened and troubled to learn of this situation. The Y will fully assist the police in their investigation and prosecution.” The South Palm Beach County YMCA is committed to providing a safe environment for every person who enters our doors, especially children in our care. We have taken a number of measures to protect children. Specifically, the South Palm Beach County YMCA: Conducts hiring and annual National Sex Offender Registry reviews on all employees, regardless of tenure; conducts a Level 2 background check, which includes a national fingerprint-based check and a comprehensive Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) screening and FBI checks; conducts criminal record checks at the state and county level (crimes and misdemeanors) at the time of hiring; conducts a Social Security screening at the time of hiring and verifies address history; conducts pre-employment interviews and job history reviews; conducts three checks of references for all applicants; requires all employees to complete training on preventing, detecting and responding to abuse; prohibits employees from being alone with a child unless they can be observed by others; will report any allegations or suspicions of abuse to the appropriate authorities in accordance with state law; completes a comprehensive self-assessment on child abuse prevention by the Bureau every two years; conducts reviews of all members against the National Sexual Offender Registry and terminates memberships that prove positive.” The South Palm Beach County YMCA prides itself on providing safe spaces for children to develop their skills and confidence. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this situation. We will continue to review our staff and volunteer training policies to ensure they are in line with best practice.”

A former South Palm Beach County YMCA counselor now faces child pornography charges following an investigation by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

According to the South Palm Beach County YMCA, 25-year-old Isaac Gabriel Yunes was a part-time child care counselor there for five years, from 2014 to 2019.

Yunes is charged with possessing 10 or more child pornography images on 30 counts and destroying evidence on one count.

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The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested Yunes Friday afternoon and he is now in the county jail without bail.

The sheriff’s office says they made the arrest after being contacted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

YMCA leaders also say that all of Yunes’ state and federal background checks before and after his hire came back clean, they are unaware that he engaged in improper behavior during his time at the YMCA, and he had no disciplinary issues there.

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The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says detectives are still following leads, and if someone else was a victim or they have more information about Isaac Yunes, they should call Detective Emma Borrows at 561-688-4080.

South Palm Beach County YMCA Statement

“We recently learned that a former South Palm Beach County YMCA employee, Isaac Gabriel Yunes, has been charged by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office with multiple counts of child pornography.

“Yunes was employed as a part-time child care consultant from 2014 to 2019. All pre-employment checks performed at Yunes came back clean; there was no cause for concern as to his background, nor was there any during his tenure with the South Palm Beach County YMCA. Yunes successfully completed the required child abuse prevention training.

“We were deeply saddened and troubled to learn of this situation. The Y will fully assist the police in their investigation and prosecution.

“The South Palm Beach County YMCA is committed to providing a safe environment for everyone who walks through our doors, especially children in our care. We have taken a number of measures to ensure children’s safety. Specifically, the South Palm Beach County YMCA:

  • conducts national registry screenings of sex offenders at the time of employment and annually on all employees, regardless of continued employment;
  • conducts a Level 2 background check, which includes a national fingerprint-based check and a comprehensive check by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the FBI;
  • conducts state and county criminal record (crime and misdemeanor) checks at the time of hire;
  • performs social security verification and address history verification at the time of hiring;
  • conducts pre-employment interviews and work history checks;
  • conducts three reference checks for all applicants;
  • calls on all employees to complete training on preventing, detecting and responding to abuse;
  • prohibits staff from being alone with a child when they cannot be observed by others;
  • Reporting allegations or suspicions of abuse to appropriate authorities in accordance with state law;
  • conducts a comprehensive self-assessment on the prevention of child abuse by the Bureau every two years;
  • screens all members against the National Sexual Offender Registry and terminates memberships found positive.

“The South Palm Beach County YMCA prides itself on providing safe spaces for children to develop their skills and confidence. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this situation. We will continue to review our staff and volunteer training policies to ensure they align with best-in-class practices.”

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