A former employee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County has been charged with exposing himself to a teen member of the club.
Matthew Michael Huggard, 22, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Tuesday on one felony count of indecent exposure.
According to charging documents, he maintained an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old, exposed himself, and asked inappropriate questions of the child. He was to drive the child home one night but drove away from the child’s home, saying he would not take the child home, causing the child to be afraid. Eventually he took the child home.
The Boys and Girls Clubs, which runs after-school and summer programs for under-served youth, fired Huggard for violating two policies: hanging out with club members outside of the club and buying a club member gifts. Huggard bought the child a cell phone cover and other gifts.
Huggard was employed by the organization at the time of the indecent exposure, charges state.
The club did an internal investigation and found that all of the inappropriate acts had taken place off site and outside of official club activities.
"Unfortunately this was an incident that was a policy violation against what we train, what we teach and what we believe," said Brian Dennis, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County.
Dennis said he did not know of any other inappropriate behavior by Huggard toward other children at the club.