Teen abused by now-former Boys & Girls Club employee

Mother of victim says she's outraged by sentence of Fernando Lopez.

Posted: Feb 1, 2019 6:41 PM
Updated: Feb 1, 2019 6:43 PM

ALBANY, Ore. -- A woman is speaking out after her daughter was sexually abused by a now-former employee of the Boys & Girls Club of Albany.

Robin Fielder told KEZI 9 News her daughter has been going to the Boys & Girls Club since first grade, and there has never been any issues until now.

Fernando Lopez was found guilty of sexual abuse in court on Thursday.

Fielder said the abuse came to light when she found cell phone pictures of her 16-year-old daughter kissing the 25-year-old employee. Fielder said she immediately went to the club and demanded answers.

Fielder said the pictures were taken in plain sight during a club field trip and at the club itself.

The director of the Boys & Girls Club in Albany gave KEZI 9 News a written statement saying this did not happen at their facilities or during club hours, but he did confirm there was an inappropriate relationship between the two.

Although the two stories don't add up, Lopez was found guilty and sentenced to 30 days in jail -- a sentence Fielder said is too light.

KEZI 9 News spoke with an Albany Police Lieutenant who said the jail sentence of 30 days is not unusual in cases like this. Due to the victim being older than 15 and the age difference of 9 years, the case was a misdemeanor, not a felony.

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