The Leuven court has arrested a 19-year-old monitor on suspicion of assaulting two children aged just four. The Leuven public prosecutor’s office confirms this. It was supposed to be a camp organized by Yes Events, which took place at De Bron school.
The Leuven police reportedly received a report last weekend of an incident at a Yes Events camp. A 19-year-old man from Hasselt is suspected of having misbehaved at a camp during the autumn holidays in Leuven. “The public prosecutor’s office has indeed started an investigation on suspicion of violating the sexual integrity of two children of barely four years old. “, says spokesperson Ellen Durie of the Leuven public prosecutor’s office. What exactly happened remains unclear for the time being. “The man appeared before the investigating judge on Monday, who placed him under arrest. He will appear before the council chamber on Friday,” said Durie.
The youth camp was organized by the Antwerp non-profit organization Yes Events. They organize camps for children all over Flanders, even from 2 years old. In Leuven, camps are taking place at two locations: the VTI and De Bron. “We have taken note of an ongoing investigation and are cooperating with it,” says Thomas Opdenacker, the manager of Yes Events. “The person in question was suspended. As a company, we now have to wait for the investigation to continue, as we currently have no knowledge of what may or may not have happened.”
Good behaviour and customs
“All monitors within our organization are professionally screened,” it continues. “They have a type 2 certificate of good conduct and morals to be allowed to work with minors. In the interest of the investigation, we do not wish and cannot comment further on this.”
Yes Events also contacted the parents of children who attended a camp last week after the facts became known. In the message they indicate that they have taken decisive action, given the seriousness of the complaint. “We are fully cooperating with the police investigation. At this time we have no knowledge of what may or may not have happened,” they write.
The police are calling on parents to contact them if the disclosure of these facts would have raised a bell about something their child said last week. Yes Events also calls on parents in the letter to report any form of inappropriate behavior. “Youth work must be a safe place at all times,” they say.