Ex-Santa-impersonator, YMCA employee caught on video mishandling of the child, 3, officials say

B. T. Adams, 75, faces charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl.
(Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department)

A Wisconsin YMCA employee who dressed up as santa Claus for the year of the facility for child care drop-off center was indicted for sexual assault after surveillance video captured him mistreating a 3-year-old girl multiple times, the officials said.

B. T. Adams, 75, was arrested and charged Thursday with first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 13 and conspiracy to commit first degree sexual abuse, FOX11 reported. The authorities began investigating Adams after a YMCA child case supervisor to expressed their concerns that the employee “inappropriately kissed” the toddler while he was at work on the location in Oshkosh.

Officials reviewed surveillance video that allegedly showed Adams placing his lips of the girl, while he improperly touched her body. In a video, Adams was seen reaching under the 3-year-old shirt, FOX11 reported.

Adams initially denied kissing the girl claimed that she was “in him”, according to the indictment.

“Detective Petit reports that she asked him if he was attracted to children, and Adams stated that it is ‘not an attraction.’ Adams stated that if they found something he would be totally shocked, because he has been able to verify,” the complaint stated.

Adams was dismissed from his post at the YMCA, where he reportedly worked for a number of years in different roles.

Oshkosh police chief Dean Smith said in a press conference Thursday that the department received 17 reports of the parents about Adams since his arrest.

Tom Blaze, Oshkosh Community YMCA’s president and CEO, said in a statement to FOX11 that they are to cooperate with the investigation.

“We are and will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities in their investigation of the facts surrounding this situation. People with questions about this situation should contact the Oshkosh Police directly on 920-236-5700,” the statement read.

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