Worker at kids' club is charged with rape

August 09, 2008|By Nicole Fuller

A 28-year-old employee at a newly opened Boys and Girls Club in Annapolis has been charged with raping a 13-year-old girl there, police said yesterday.

Joey D. Wise, an assistant program director at the club, was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree rape, sexual solicitation of a minor and other offenses, Annapolis police said.

The girl was alone with Wise at the club, in the 100 block of South Villa Ave., about 11 a.m. July 29, the day before the club was to open, when Wise told her he wanted to have sex with her and she agreed, according to charging documents.

Wise, of the 200 block of Bloomsbury Square, is alleged to have told the girl, "We really can't tell anybody about this because both of us would get in trouble," according to charging documents. The legal age of consent for sex in Maryland is 16.

Wise told the girl that she would work as a "paid volunteer" at the club and she would be paid $20 a week directly from him, according to charging documents.

The girl's father reported the matter to club staff members Monday, and club officials called police.

The Sun does not name alleged victims of sexual assault.

Wise has been fired, said Reggie Broddie, chief professional officer for the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, who added that he is "deeply concerned" about the allegations.

"The young man had a clean background check," Broddie said. "As a youth development professional, I feel bad for the young person that this happened to."

Brodie said the organization is reviewing its policies and has offered counseling services to the girl and her family.

Wise was being held at the county detention center in lieu of $175,000 bond.

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