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Former YMCA counselor pleads guilty to sex abuse charges

June 26, 2019

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A former YMCA counselor and volunteer firefighter in North Carolina has entered a guilty plea after prosecutors say he used his position to sexually assault young boys between 1991 and 2001.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports a Forsyth County judge consolidated most of the charges against Michael Todd Pegram on Wednesday into consecutive sentences totaling up to 30 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Kia Chavious said Pegram invited boys to his home, made them watch pornography and forced them to perform sex acts, and in some cases threatened to kill some of the boys’ parents or accuse the boys of bad behavior if they told.

In 2017, one of the boys now in his 30s filed a report with the Kernersville Police Department, prompting an investigation which led to charges.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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