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Counselor Who Allegedly Exposed Himself 'Dismissed' from College

Aaron Ashton stands charged with indecent exposure.

The 20-year-old camp counselor and student who was charged last week with has been “dismissed” from the college, according to a written statement from VFCC president Don Meyer.

Meyer wrote, in a letter dated July 18, that the school was “shocked and disappointed” by the behavior of counselor Aaron Ashton and “deeply regretted” the incident.

“As soon as we became aware of the incident, we immediately reported it to the police and Aaron Ashton, a VFCC student, was immediately dismissed,” the statement went on to say.

The exposure occurred on July 13 at 1:15 a.m. at the Christian youth summer camp the college hosts annually at its Charlestown Road campus.

At this time Ashton, who is majoring in Education and English at VFCC according to his Facebook page, is alleged to have flashed his genitals to a group of about 20 15- and 16-year-old male campers. He was arrested later that morning and charged with five counts of indecent exposure, harassment, and corruption of minors.

Despite the affair, the camp appears to be running normally this week. While the approximately 180 high school aged campers who were at VFCC at the time of the incident have gone home as planned, this week the camp is hosting middle school students. On Wednesday afternoon, a trail of kids, followed closely by counselors who declined to comment on Ashton, could be seen walking across the campus.

Fabian Kalapuch—the camp director and a youth ministry leader of the New Jersey District Council of the Assemblies of God; a Pentecostal group that controls VFCC’s board of trustees—described the camp as a sleep away bible camp that serves New Jersey youth.

He called the actions of Ashton, and the resulting attention, “difficult” to handle.

“I’m not answering any questions,” Kalapuch said from the lobby of a campus building. “It’s an ongoing investigation. We’ve done everything we’re supposed to do according to the state. We’ve reported it...the camp counselor acted inappropriately and we took the actions that were necessary.”

Unprompted, he suggested that the camp’s Christian orientation is irrelevant to the alleged crime.

“Whether we’re a soccer camp or a church camp, what does that have to do with anything? It was a camp of young people and we’re trying to take care of [the situation].”

“My main interest right now,” he went on, “is making sure the campers' best interests are being looked out for.”

David Dawson July 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM
SICK WORLD!!!
Lynette Gray July 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Is it true the accused was doing animal puppetry with his manhood? And taking requests from the children of what animals to do? Shocks my conscience.
birdfan July 19, 2012 at 01:07 PM
talk about stupid. Even tho it is a reportable crime to show your privates in public I doubt in this case the kids are traumatized, but this dumb A$$ has just ruined the rest of his own life. This will stay on his record and follow him forever. He may as well change his career choices to " laborer" because no school or office environment will ever hire him.
Chris Dyer July 19, 2012 at 01:36 PM
why was he not beaten with a rubber hose?
RS July 19, 2012 at 01:52 PM
He's probably in his low 20s, the kids were teens, and they were probably all joking around. I'm sure it was just a stupid thing he did to try to be funny, and obviously it backfired. However, I'm not writing this off as stupid teenager games and I am extremely glad to see a college taking a stand against anything this inappropriate. With all the recent Penn State stuff (which is in a league of its own in comparison to this silliness; let's be honest here), it's distressing to see that so many institutions are just writing off these incidents and sweeping them under the rug for the sake of good PR. VFCC took appropriate actions. Especially since VFCC is a Christian college. Kudos to the school administration. Unfortunately for the student, his life will change dramatically as a result of one stupid choice. But, he'll pick himself back up and move on. He's not a violent sex offender or a child molester, so he'll be okay in the long run.
Lynette Gray July 19, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Why do you say "unfortunately for the student". This was a 28 year old man. At 28 I was a mother raising two children and working full time. Maybe if we stop poo-pooing unacceptable, irresponsible conduct by adults who are old enough to know better, we would not have situations like this, let along PSU.
Tom Sunnergren July 19, 2012 at 02:10 PM
According to court documents, he is 20, not 28. His age was initially misreported.
Tanya July 19, 2012 at 02:14 PM
He wasn't 28 yrs old, the article states 20 yrs old.
Lynette Gray July 19, 2012 at 02:21 PM
If he is not 28, that is my error, and I apologize. The initial story was that the accused was 28.
harry finster July 19, 2012 at 03:25 PM
phoenixville where the mundane is considered highbrow
Nicholas Staich July 19, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Actually, he most likely will end up on PA's Sex Offender Registry. Much of that depends on how this plays out, as it is a criminal act and is thus prosecuted by the locality (or the state), regardless of the desire of the victims or their family. Pursuant to (which specifically addresses minors as the victim(s)) 18 Pa. C.S. § 5903 [a] [5] states: "(a) No person, knowing the obscene character of the materials or performance involved, shall: [5]...present...any obscene performance or participate in a portion thereof that is obscene or that contributes to its obscenity." As such, his knowingly showing his genitals to minors would in fact constitute a violation of the above statute in that it is a presentation to minors of indecent subject matter which is a crime as defined by the state of PA, and that will land him on the registry for a minimum of 15 years if convicted. The only dicey part at this stage is the "if convicted", but given the local temperature lately regarding sexual offenses against minors (read: Penn State) I can't honestly see a prosecutor NOT pursuing this case. If he is convicted, he can forget about any teaching position in the U.S., barring an educational outreach program to inmates at penitentiaries.
david jacobson July 21, 2012 at 06:57 PM
All and all.. VFCC did right by immediately ridding the campus of this diseased vermin.. Had Penn State acted similarly w/ the Sandusky matter.. many lives would have been spared from years of psychological trauma..
david jacobson July 21, 2012 at 07:07 PM
..and even at the young age of 20 yrs- one should already know better then to act in such an inappropriate manner as we've witnessed here today.. This jerkoff is getting what he Truly deserves.. Therefore, the term "unfortunate" should not even be mentioned here..
Russell Peters July 22, 2012 at 05:19 AM
I know this guy. Shocked and saddened by this news. People do a lot of stupid things, unfortunately something like this can put a big black mark on your future.
david jacobson July 22, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Again, more sympathy for this god damned perpetrator.. As a parent, would you want this whack off around your teenagers..? My disdain is at its zenith when I read of how "unfortunate" it is for this perpetrator.. how his future has become blackened.. Never, I say never again.. should this person be allowed near kids.. Again, I commend VFCC for its forthwith action in this matter.. unlike Penn State & The Vatican who give quarter to the worst kinds of human vermin..
david jacobson July 22, 2012 at 01:18 PM
The term "unfortunate" should be reserved for the victims only..
Russell Peters July 23, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Easy David, I was merely saying that there's a lot of mistakes that people make, and this type of mistake happens to slap one with a label of sex offender which is a damning label. I don't condone his actions and he obviously will get what he deserves for making this mistake. Your taking it too far when you say he should "never be allowed near kids". I understand emotions are high with the Sandusky stuff still fresh, but we still need to look at each case individually and not put someone who flashed kids in the same level as one who raped a dozen kids hundreds of times.

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