Former Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley athletic director Dwayne Kilgore was arrested Sunday on suspicion of sexually abusing two Sonoma Valley children, ages 10 and 12, “for years” according to the Healdsburg Police Department.
The investigation into Paul Dwayne Kilgore, 68, began Aug. 27 after someone reported “inappropriate language and touching in the hot tub and shower area” between an older man and two boys at Healdsburg’s Parkpoint Health Club.
A witness noticed what felt like inappropriate behavior between Kilgore and the boys, and notified the police. According to Healdsburg Sgt. Luis Rodriguez, the two boys traveled with Kilgore from Sonoma Valley to the Healdsburg health club.
Healdsburg police have released Kilgore’s photo as part of an expanding investigation. Police detectives have now received at least 20 calls from people claiming to be victims or knowing of victims, in incidents ranging from the late 1970s to today, according to Officer Craig Smith of the Healdsburg Police Dept.
It appears Kilgore was known for taking preteen and teenage boys to local recreation areas and on overnight trips, and that on those outings, “lewd acts” occurred, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the Healdsburg Police Department.
On Sept. 19, Healdsburg police served a search warrant at Kilgore’s home on Academy Lane in Boyes Hot Springs, where he lives with his elderly father and a sister, and arrested him on two charges of committing three acts of substantial sexual conduct with a child under 14 years of age.
Police on Monday searched a storage unit Kilgore kept in Sonoma. Rodriguez said evidence was found in that location corroborating some of what victims told the police.
According to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Spencer Crum, bail has been set at $1 million and, unless Kilgore posts bail, he will be held in custody at the Sonoma County Jail in Santa Rosa until Tuesday, Oct. 4 at which time he will appear in court to enter his plea.
Kilgore, using the first name Dwayne, worked at the Boys & Girls Clubs for 11 years, and was a volunteer prior to joining the staff. According to executive director Robert Hughes, Kilgore voluntarily resigned three years ago in September of 2013.
Officer Smith shed some light on the circumstances surrounding Kilgore’s resignation. “What we can say is that Dwayne Kilgore left the Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma Valley in 2013 as a result of a change in policy that required that he no longer associate with kids outside of Club hours.”
Hughes said the Club is in touch with the Healdsburg police and has offered to provide any information that is helpful to the investigation. He noted that he “can’t comment on personnel issues and would not be able to discuss Dwayne’s file.”
On behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley, Hughes released a statement on Wednesday morning.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley is shocked and saddened to learn that a former employee at the Club was recently arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse of a minor. We are deeply concerned by these allegations, and are fully committed to cooperating with the local authorities as they conduct a thorough investigation of this serious matter. The former employee has not been associated with the Club since 2013.
What if you suspect your child may have been sexually abused?
• Open the conversation somewhere your child feels comfortable.
• Ask if anyone has been touching your child in ways that make him or her feel uncomfortable.
• Know that sexual abuse can feel good to the victim, so asking your child if someone is hurting him or her may not get the information that you are looking for.
• If there was something your child said or did that made you concerned, ask specifically about that.
• Ask in a nonjudgmental way, and take care to avoid shaming your child as you ask questions.
• Make sure that your child knows that he or she is not in trouble, you are simply trying to gather more information.
• Talk about times that it is okay not to keep a secret, even if he or she made a promise.
For a comprehensive list of signs that indicate child sexual abuse, vist rainn.org/warning-signs.
To speak with someone who is trained to help, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE(4673) or chat online at online.rainn.org.