Alfonzo Forney, a 28 year old volunteer coach at St. John Recreation Center, which plays host to hundreds of children in a number of after school programs, including a basketball program, is a registered Level 3 sex offender. The deputy director of the center threw up her hands when shown the picture of Forney from the registry and would say nothing about him. The Parks Department is now conducting an investigation and they are not aware of any inappropriate behavior by the volunteer. Parks Department officials say volunteers are not screened as employees and add the volunteers must be accompanied by employees in the center. The are going to continue as part of their investigation to look into their practices to ensure that volunteers either have similar or identical background checks as employees.

(New York)