Former Washington Boys & Girls Club director charged with sexual battery

Published 2:16 pm Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The former director of the Washington unit of the Boys & Girls Club has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery this week, one of which allegedly took place at the Boys & Girls Club location on Bridge Street in Washington.

Darnell Maye, 49, of Old Pactolus Highway in Greenville, was charged on Tuesday with two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery, one in Beaufort County and the other in Pitt County.

According to court records, the incident in Beaufort County allegedly occurred on May 27 and the Pitt County incident allegedly occurred on June 21. The Washington Police Department and Greenville Police Department brought the charges against Maye in each county. According to the warrant served in the Beaufort County case, Maye is accused of touching a victim’s genitals against his will.

According to Greenville Police Department Public Information Officer Kristin Hunter, both alleged incidents involved the same victim, with the incident in Pitt County occurring at the victim’s home. While the WPD and GPD both declined to share any information that could potentially identify the victim, Hunter said that the victim was “over the age of 16.”

Under North Carolina state law, one can be charged with sexual battery if, for the purpose of sexual gratification, they engage in sexual contact with another person against that person’s will. The charge is classified as a class 1A misdemeanor.

A statement issued by Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plain CEO Kimberly Boyd said, “We are shocked and deeply concerned about these allegations and our hearts go out to all involved. Immediately upon hearing of allegations, the employee was suspended, banning him from any further contact with our members, programs or premises, and we contacted local authorities.”

The statement went on to say that the organization requires a thorough criminal background check on a yearly basis, and that the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plain is fully cooperating with police during the investigation. A letter sent to parents at the club said the locks had been changed at the Washington location, and encouraged anyone who had concerns about the incident to contact Boyd at 252-355-2345, ext 202, Sgt. Chris Viverette of the GPD at 252-329-4300 or Detective Ron Black of the WPD at 252-946-1444.

Maye, who was released on a $10,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in District Court on July 24 in Pitt County and Aug. 29 in Beaufort County.