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Man accused of peeking inside shower at Fayetteville YMCA

Paul P. Rolince/ Manlius Police

A Syracuse man is accused of peeking into a shower at the East Area Family YMCA in Fayetteville, according to Town of Manlius Police.

Police say two members reported a man peeked into an occupied shower in the men's locker room on Thursday. There were no reports of any physical contact between the suspect and any member of the YMCA during the incident, police said.

According to the YMCA, the victims that reported the alleged incident were 13 and 19 years old.

After an investigation,police said 40-year-old Paul P. Rolince was identified as the suspect and arrested on a charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child on Friday.

Rolince was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.

When contacted by CNYCentral using a phone number listed for his real estate business, Rolince said he didn't want to talk about the allegations and hung up.

The East Area Family YMCA issued the following statement on Facebook Friday:

In recent days, two of our members, a 13-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man, reported that their privacy was violated by a man peeking into their showers at the East Area Family YMCA. Because the two victims were courageous enough to come forward to us and to local police, we were able to identify a suspect.

On Aug. 11, Manlius Police charged Paul Rolince, 45, of 4545 Kingsford Terrace, Syracuse, with endangering the welfare of a child. Mr. Rolince’s YMCA membership has been revoked and he is banned from all YMCA facilities.

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. That includes providing spaces where everyone feels a secure sense of belonging. Every month, we check each of our members against a sex offender registry - and we check all new members when they join - so we can prevent offenders from entering our facilities. Although we don’t have cameras in our locker and shower areas, our staff regularly check those rooms to ensure that members are safe.

Our best line of defense, however, is our members. We’re proud that our members came forth to help us in this case. If you or a member of your family are aware of any suspicious activity in any of our branches, please report it to Y staff immediately. We take such reports seriously and will do all we can to keep the YMCA a place of belonging for all.

If you have any questions on this or any other matter, please don’t hesitate to contact your branch executive director.

Thanks for your continued support for a stronger community.

Police ask anyone with information to contact them at 315-682-2212.

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