MILLINGTON, Tenn. - The City of Millington and its community YMCA are accused of not protecting a child from being sexually assaulted inside the facility.
Three federal lawsuits claim reserve police officer, Rickie Friar, assaulted a child in the facility’s pool and took inappropriate pictures of other children.
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Friar is currently serving 26 years in prison for child porn.
“He is currently severing 300 plus months in a federal penitentiary," said Howard Manis who is representing the children Friar is accused of abusing.
Manis said the prison time is not the end of the issue. Manis told FOX 13, “These children will suffer on levels that are unbearable as a parent.”
Manis has filed three lawsuits claiming Friar never should have been a reserve officer with Millington police if they had done a complete background check because he was fired from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office for inappropriately touching female inmates.
“I would submit to you that he would be unfit to serve in any capacity in any police department and in any city,” argued Manis.
The lawsuit takes aim at the Millington branch of the YMCA.
It claims an employee noticed inappropriate conduct between Friar and a young child.
The employee told managers, and they did nothing. The lawsuit claims Friar sexually assaulted a child in the Y pool, and the employee told his own father who would contact Millington police.
Manis told FOX13 the YMCA, “has a duty to report any allegations of sexual misconduct to the state and they didn’t do that.”
FOX13 went to the Millington YMCA.
We showed the director a copy of the lawsuit and emailed him the same front page of the document that we sent to the City Manager’s office for comment.
“Report it to an authority other than Millington, maybe Shelby County Sheriff’s Department or the Memphis Police Department,” said Manis.
The City of Millington will not comment on the lawsuit.
Manis believes other lawsuits are possible because the number of victims could reach a half dozen.
FOX13 reached out to the YMCA of Millington and the YMCA of the Mid-South.
This is what they had to say: At the Y, the safety and well-being of the children we serve is our number one priority. We serve more than 30,000 children each year and will not tolerate any violation of our standards. We have launched an independent investigation. At this time, we are unable to discuss the specific details of this case due to the privacy of the people involved in the incident.
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