MASON CITY – Following up today on the Mason City YMCA arrests, where three individuals were arrested and booked on August 1st after an investigation into an alleged “sex offense” incident on July 20th, 2012 at the Mason City YMCA, 1840 South Monroe Avenue.
I had made contact with Mason City YMCA Director Liz Conley in the wake of those arrests. I asked what some might consider some “uncomfortable questions.”
Conley wrote to me via email on August 7th: “We will be communicating with our members in the next few days. We will also release a statement to all media” and I reported this to NIT readers on August 9th.
As nearly three weeks passed, I have repeatedly asked for the press release since then, and have received no reply.
These are the questions I originally sent to Ms. Conley:
How would you describe the atmosphere in the men’s locker room?
Ever have any complaints of behavior in there? If so, describe please.
I’ve had several former and current Y members (men and significant others) tell me that the men’s locker room has a lot of strange behavior, men walking around naked for no reason, excessive staring, shaving while naked at the sinks, for example. I myself have witnessed this in the past. Is this something you and your staff have heard before, are you sensitive to this concern, and are you mindful of this behavior?
What steps are you taking to ensure that any questionable behavior in the men’s locker room is dealt with and eliminated?
Who can someone approach if they have a concern?
NIT will immediately publish any press release the YMCA sends.