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Former Rochester YMCA daycare worker accused of attempting to have sex with a minor

Former Rochester YMCA daycare worker accused of attempting to have sex with a minor

March 15, 2019 04:38 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- A former Rochester YMCA daycare worker has been arrested after allegedly attempting to have sex with a minor. 

Hashim McCullough, 37, who formerly worked at the YMCA located on Lewis Street in Rochester, was charged with attempted production of child pornography and enticement of a minor. 

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According to federal prosecutors, on March 7, McCullough started communicating online with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl. 

McCullough had asked for nude photos from the minor and asked to meet up for sex. 

However, the 14-year-old was actually an undercover FBI agent. 

McCullough had planned to meet up with the 14-year-old at a Brighton apartment complex Thursday morning. When he arrived, he was arrested on the spot. 

Members of the public who have specific information related to this case are urged to contact the Bivona Child Advocacy Center at 1-585-935-7800. 

The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of life, and $250,000 fine. 

The YMCA of Greater Rochester released the following statement Friday following the arrest of McCullough: 

At the YMCA of Greater Rochester, the safety, security, and well-being of children and members in our care is our No. 1 priority. The YMCA takes very seriously its obligation to protect every child served by the association. 
 
All employees of the YMCA are subjected to detailed background checks prior to hire. This employee, who was terminated today, passed all background checks and has zero violations on file. Additionally, all required YMCA and Office of Child and Family Services training courses have been completed and we have record of completion on file.
 
We have been informed by authorities this incident has no relation to the YMCA or any children in our care. The YMCA will fully cooperate with authorities if called upon to do so. 
 
George Romell
President and CEO
YMCA of Greater Rochester 
 

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