NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Norfolk Police have arrested a city employee on allegations of sexual assault on a juvenile that occurred over the course of five years.
Chris Amos with the Norfolk Police Department said Jay Conova Burton, 54, of Norfolk has been charged with forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with a child by person in custodial or supervisory relationship. Burton is accused of assaulting a juvenile male victim at his home since 2008. The crimes were reported Monday.
According to police, Burton is currently employed by the City of Norfolk as a Recreation Specialist at the Titustown Recreation Center. Amos said he has worked at a number of recreation centers in the city.
Norfolk City Spokeswoman Lori Crouch confirmed that Burton has been associated with Norfolk recreation centers since 1975. He began as a volunteer and is currently the supervisor of part-time staff. Crouch said Burton has been associated with the Norview, East Ocean View, Huntersville, Merrimac and Titustown recreation centers.
"I heard about this on the internet, and I got up here to get my kids," said Keimishia Cofield, a mother of children that go to a Norfolk recreation center. "I'm taking them out of here, and I won't be coming back."
Officers are asking parents of children who may have come in contact with Burton to contact the Norfolk Police Department's Special Crimes Unit at 757-664-7033.
"I am surprised, and they have got to tighten up... better background checks. We can't have this," said Sheldon Allison, a Titustown Recreation Center parent.
Long-time city employee Clarice Gregory added, "I am shocked. I am floored. I can't believe it....I'm blown away."
Burton was suspended without pay from his job Tuesday morning, Crouch told WAVY.com.
Burton appeared in Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for an arraignment Wednesday morning. His next court appearance has been scheduled for June 28.
Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.
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