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Parent: Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps didn't do enough after alleged sexual assault

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A parent says the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps didn't do enough to protect their child after an alleged sexual assault between drum corps members.

The allegation comes just months after The Cadets were taken off probation following a sex scandal involving their former director.

The alleged assault was between two minors. The parent of the alleged victim says their child now suffers from PTSD.

Youth Education in the Arts, the parent organization for the Cadets, says it did everything it was required to do and then some.

Heavily redacted reports filed with the Greenfield Police Department and the Indiana Department of Child Services detail an alleged sexual assault between two minors who marched for The Cadets last summer.

A letter reportedly written by the parent of the alleged victim was sent via mass email to Cadet parents and volunteers, along with the documents.

The letter said after the alleged assault, the Cadets staff failed to protect the alleged victim from contact with the alleged perpetrator.

The letter says the two teens were roommates and claims 12 hours after the teens were separated in response to the incident, the alleged perpetrator returned to the room to shower and change, causing the alleged victim considerable mental distress.

The letter says YEA did not fully investigate the matter until months later.

"The first and most important thing was contacting child protective services and the state police," YEA board chairman Doug Rutherford said.

Rutherford says the Cadets followed the lead of law enforcement authorities and the organization's policies and procedures on how to handle the situation appropriately.

Rutherford says YEA was not told the alleged perpetrator returned to the room until recently after months of communication with the alleged victim's family.

Rutherford says the law firm of Franczek Radelet is now investigating the allegation.

"Based upon the results of that investigation, we will take action if there is something that we did that was either inappropriate or wrong or needs to be improved," Rutherford said.

Along with law enforcement officials, a Drum Corps International spokesperson confirms it too was notified of the incident the day it happened.

YEA says in light of this latest incident it's reviewing all policies and procedures for reporting sexual misconduct with staff, volunteers and drum corps members.


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