Jonathan Ray Glenn was a familiar face inside the walls of the Boys and Girls Club of Bryant, but on Friday he was arrested for allegedly stealing nearly $17,000 from the organization.
The 38-year-old Glenn, who is the club's former operations and finance director, surrendered voluntarily to authorities. He faces a felony charge of theft of property.
Detective Todd Crowson of the Bryant Police Department said an investigation began on July 11 when the club's director, Suzanne Passmore, discovered that $16,965 was missing in funds. She reportedly discovered the missing funds after discrepancies were found during an audit of membership fees.
This is the second former club employee to be arrested for theft crimes. Diana Davis-Blair was employed by the Boys and Girls Club from April of 2009 until June of 2010. She was arrested by Bryant police on Dec. 12, 2010, for stealing funds from the organization by using the club's bank debit card.
Davis-Blair originally was charged with felony theft of property and 10 counts of forgery. However, through a plea negotiation, Davis-Blair pleaded "no contest" to a charge of misdemeanor theft of property before Saline County Judge Bobby McCallister on Jan. 11, 2011.
Davis-Blair was given a 12-month suspended sentence, which is "like being on probation," said Saline County Deputy Prosecutor Andy Gill. She was also ordered to pay court costs and fines and ordered to pay $5,474 in restitution to the Boys and Girls Club. If Davis-Blair does not pay the court-ordered amounts or if she finds herself in trouble with law enforcement again, her suspended sentenced could be revoked by McCallister and she could be jailed for up to 12 months in the Saline County Detention Center.
On Friday, the Boys and Girls Club executive committee â€” which includes Passmore, Rebecca Jones, Jessica Bollen, Randy Cox, Rodney Plack and Pat Baker â€” emailed The Saline Courier a letter in response to the arrest. The letter states:
"This allegation regarding financial mismanagement at the club is taken very seriously and we are confident that with the swift action of the Bryant Police Department that justice will prevail. The Boys and Girls Club of Bryant is committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior and integrity, and will not tolerate inappropriate or illegal activity on the part of any club staff, volunteer or youth member. Regrettably, despite the routine checks and balances we, along with Boys and Girls Clubs of America and our auditing firm have put in place, Mr. Glenn found ways around these barriers of accountability. Despite our disappointment in Mr. Glennâ€™s actions, we are thankful for the careful oversight that led our executive director to discover these illegal acts.
"Our highest priorities will continue to be the safety and well-being of the children we serve, and the responsible stewardship of the resources entrusted to us by our donors," the letter continues. "We, along with our auditing firm have already strengthened procedures to further safeguard the organizationâ€™s finances. Our club is affiliated with Boys and Girls Clubs of America, which is consistently rated as one of Americaâ€™s most efficiently, managed charitable organizations."
Even with the arrests of former employees, the committee members said they are sure that not only will the organization survive, but it will become even more successful.
"We are optimistic that our organization will emerge from this difficult period stronger and more effective than ever," the letter continued. "We are thankful for the support that has been offered to us, and we will continue to effectively carry out our mission of inspiring and enabling young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. The organization will respectfully withhold further comment on this case until the investigation is completed and the case is resolved."
The Boys and Girls Club of Bryant was formed in 2004 and became sanctioned by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America the following year.
For more information about how to donate to the Boys and Girls Club in Bryant, visit the Bryant facility website at www.bryantbgc.org or call 847-PARK (7275).
The Boys & Girls Club of Saline County may be accessed at www.scbgclub.com or by calling 315-8100.