UPDATED: Saturday, December 1, 2012 --- 4:55 p.m.
ELKHORN, Wis. (AP) -- A former president of Big Brothers Big Sisters in southeastern Wisconsin is scheduled to face trial on charges of child sexual abuse.
A Janesville Gazette report says 51-year-old Rodney J. Meiller of Elkhorn is charged with three counts of repeated sexual assault involving two boys, ages 14 and 11.
At a court appearance Friday a Walworth County judge set a trial date of April 22.
Police say the alleged assaults took place in the Lake Geneva YMCA. Both the YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters have cut all ties with Meiller.
A working phone number for Meiller couldn't be found Saturday. A message left with his defense attorney was not immediately returned.
Meiller was the president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock, Walworth and Jefferson.
Information from: The Janesville Gazette, http://www.gazetteextra.com
Copyright 2012: Associated Press
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 --- 8:50p.m.
From WITI in Milwaukee:
LAKE GENEVA — A Walworth County man faces allegations of sexually assaulting a boy he mentored, and a second child has come forward with similar allegations. With the appearance of a second victim, law enforcement are working to find out if there’s more victims.
51-year-old Rodney Meiller is the man accused of sexually assaulting boys. Following the allegations he threatened to kill himself while investigators questioned him.
Meiller was a volunteer with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Rock, Jefferson and Walworth Counties. During his time there he allegedly sexually abused an 11-year-old child at the YMCA in Lake Geneva and his home.
Walworth County Sheriff David Graves says, “Right now, we have a second complaint on Mr. Meiller that occurred outside of Lake Geneva that we area investigating, and we’re asking if there’s any other victims out there that they step forward and we will interview them, and investigate their claim.”
Big Brothers and Big Sisters has terminated Meiller’s work with the organization after learning about the allegations of sexual abuse.
The Walworth County Sheriff’s Department wants victims to step forward regardless of the county they reside in.
Meiller was arrested, but charges have yet to be filed.
UPDATED Wednesday, June 20, 2012 --- 3:24 p.m.
Statement from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock, Jefferson and Walworth Counties:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock, Jefferson and Walworth Counties is aware of the investigation involving a former volunteer with our organization. We are alarmed and deeply saddened by reports of any child being harmed. Upon learning of the allegation we terminated the volunteer's association with us and have been working proactively with law enforcement in their investigation. We cannot discuss or speculate about any specifics beyond this statement.
As the nation’s premiere mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes child safety our priority. We have zero tolerance for abuse. Our volunteers and staff undergo thorough screening and background checks and we provide ongoing professional support for our children and families. As part of the orientation process, our Little Brothers and Little Sisters and their parents receive personal safety awareness education. The integrity of our program is extremely important and to achieve the highest quality standards possible, we work to constantly review and strengthen our screening and background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge.
POSTED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 --- 10:35 a.m.
From the City of Lake Geneva Police Department:
Lake Geneva Police Chief, Michael S. Rasmussen, reports: On June 18, 2012, a detective from City of Lake Geneva Police Department investigated a complaint received from an 11 year old child and his mother. This complaint was in reference to multiple sexual assaults of the 11 year old by a 51 year old male Town of Lafayette resident.
The reported assaults occurred at the YMCA at 203 Wells Street in the City of Lake Geneva as well as other reported assaults of the victim by the same 51 year old male in the Town of Lafayette at the offender’s home. It has been reported that the 51 year old male was a Big Brother/Big Sister sponsor and has been in contact with the child since August of 2011. The 51 year old male suspect was confined in the Walworth County Jail and charges have been referred to the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office.