2002-08-08 / Front Page

NAB LIFEGUARD

IN SEX ABUSE
OF TWO TEENS
By Charles Rogers

IN SEX ABUSE
OF TWO TEENS


The pool where the accused lifeguard worked is part of the Glenwood Houses Playground near Farragut Road.                            Charles RogersThe pool where the accused lifeguard worked is part of the Glenwood Houses Playground near Farragut Road. Charles Rogers

An 18-year-old resident of Lincoln Road in Crown Heights who is a lifeguard at a Housing Authority pool was arrested last week and charged with allegedly molesting two teenage girls, police said.

According to NYPD spokesperson Dora Kalboeros, the arrest came about when the girls’ parents and friends noticed they hesitated to return to the pool at the Glenwood Houses project after having frequented it many times during the summer.

"When two girls were reluctant to go swimming in the pool last weekend," Kalboeros said, "relatives knew something must be wrong, so they questioned them."

She said the girls, ages 13 and 14, eventually told their parents they had been fondled by a lifeguard at the small pool on Monday, July 29th at about 6:30 p.m.The parents immediately brought the case to the attention of police from the 63rd Precinct who, after investigating, arrested Jonathan Beltre at the pool on Saturday, August 3rd at 7 p.m. and charged him with sexual abuse.

The spokesperson confirmed published reports that the girls told police the lifeguard had allegedly touched them in a sexual manner when they visited the pool.

Officials from the Parks Department told police Beltre was immediately suspended from his job pending the outcome of the case. The case is also being investigated by officials of the Special Case Squad.

The pool is located in the rear of 5814 Farragut Road as part of the Glenwood Houses Playground.


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