There are new sexual abuse charges against the founder of a Montgomery boot camp billed as a military style training program for at-risk students.
Montgomery police say Glenn Michael Veasy, 43, is facing four additional warrants for first degree sexual abuse related to two additional victims.
This brings the total number of alleged victims in the case to three. Veasy faces a total of six first degree sexual abuse charges -- two charges for each victim.
Veasy, who manages Team Achievers Discipline Academy, was first arrested in August on two counts of first degree sexual abuse. He's being held in the Montgomery County Jail, and is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Sept. 19.
Team Achievers Discipline Academy is billed as a military style training program for at-risk students.
In August, Veasy was accused of inappropriately touching a 17-year-old boy. The victim says the abuse happened once every week between June 2013 and August 2014.
Court documents indicate that the victim claims Veasy rubbed his private parts through his clothes and while his clothes were off. According to the victim, the alleged abuse took place at Veasy's Montgomery home and at the boot camp.
The director of the Floyd Community Center told WSFA 12 News in August that Veasy operated the boot camp out of the field house behind the community center on Lebron Road.
Veasy appeared on WSFA 12 News' community events show "Alabama Live!" on Aug. 14 to discuss the boot camp and an upcoming membership drive. During the four-minute interview, he talked about working with children from single parent and broken homes and others who have been suspended or expelled from school or who might be in gangs.
"Our main goal is to get these kids on the right track and keep them on the right track. We take kids from kindergarten to twelfth grade. We don't care about the past problems they've had. We just try to work with them and try to get them pointed in the right direction," Veasy said.
Harold Bell found himself in disbelief learning of Veasy's arrest. Bell worked with Veasy in the past and has seen him make a difference in the lives of countless children across Montgomery.
"He was that support system that they didn't have. He was that father figure they didn't have," Bell told WSFA. "He inspired them and was more of a father figure to them and that's how they saw him. Knowing him and knowing what type of person he was, I was shocked and speechless."
Bell says he will be following the case closely and pointed out that as of right now, Veasy is only facing allegations.
"Hopefully, the truth will come to light and the investigation team will do a thorough job and if it is true, of course I would want him to be prosecuted or anybody in that case who would cause harm to someone else, especially when we're looking at children," he said. "But if the allegations are false, then not only is our community and youth affected but his livelihood and reputation is ruined."
Jannah Bailey, Executive Director of the Child Protect Children's Advocacy Center which serves Montgomery, Autauga and Elmore Counties, says 93 percent of child abuse victims know their offenders.
"A lot of times, we think it's going to be stranger danger or the stranger in the bush or someone in a car pulling up and offering candy but really, the victims know their offenders more times than not and it's a family member, a neighbor, a teacher, someone at church or someone else that they already have a relationship with and that they know and trust. That's what offenders do- prey on children, gains their trust and that's how they're able to do the abuse to them," she said.
Because most of the victims know their offenders and have established a level of trust, Bailey says a lot of times, it's difficult for them to come forward with allegations and in some cases, defendants have also threatened victims.
"It's always a good idea to keep the lines of communication open with your children so if you allow your child to go off by themselves with anybody, to always talk to them about it and ask specifics about what they did. If you're the mom or the dad or you're just a neighbor or someone else in the family, it's very important that if you suspect abuse that you report it," Bailey added.
Harold Bell says Veasy also came from a single parent home and many local youth look up to him.
"He is a positive figure in their lives, a big influence in their lives. By working with the kids, I never received a complaint or report that anything that took place was inappropriate. There have been times when some of the kids would have behavior issues and he would be there to intervene and he would be there to quickly calm them down," Bell added.
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