Edwin Wesley of West Palm Beach, Florida is accused and charged with sexually battery on a 17-year-old boy. The former youth counselor is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. News reports did not specify a lawyer for Wesley.
According to news sources, Wesley, 53, allegedly lured a teenage boy to his West Palm Beach apartment by telling him he needed to take urine drug test. The police report says the teen didn’t think the request was unusual because he was sometimes required to give urine tests after a court appearance.
Police deputies handling the case said that once the teen was in the apartment, Wesley allegedly led him to his bedroom where he purportedly forced himself on him and performed oral sex without the teen’s consent. Wesley denies all the allegations and told police that it was the teen who initiated the sexual contact between them.
Before his arrest, Wesley was an employee at the Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, where he worked as a case manager in a youth offender re-entry program. New sources say that the non-profit organization is planning to reach out to all the children who were under Wesley’s care.
The vice president of marketing and development told the media that they intend to look through all of his cases for any signs of wrongdoing, and so far, nothing has come up. Wesley was hired in 2013 after passing all the organization’s mandatory screenings and background checks, and he was a respected employee with no complaints ever filed against him.
It is Important to note that the teenage boy Wesley purportedly sexually assaulted was not in a Goodwill program. The teen told deputies that after the alleged sexual assault, he managed to escape the apartment and run to his aunt’s house, where he called the police and had Wesley arrested.