Police: Suspect arrested for sex offenses against boys at YMCA

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Police have identified and arrested a man suspected of making sexual advances toward young boys at the Briggs YMCA in Olympia.

David L. Cawthorne, 21, of Thurston County was arrested Sunday at about 7 p.m. at his home in the 6200 block of Fair Oaks Road SE and booked into jail for investigation of first-degree child molestation.

A surveillance camera captured video of the suspect, and he later was identified with the cooperation of YMCA staff and the two young victims, said Laura Wohl of the Olympia police.

Police say the incidents happened Saturday afternoon in the men's locker room at the facility located on 1530 Yelm Highway Southeast.

A 10-year-old boy reported the troubling situation to the front desk at the YMCA around 4 p.m., and employees called police. After investigators arrived, a mother came forward and said the same thing had just happened to her 9-year-old son inside the locker room.

"It's very frustrating," said Mark West, President and CEO of South Sound YMCA. "The safety and well-being of kids are of utmost importance to us."

YMCA members say this is a good reminder for everyone to keep their eyes out for suspicious behavior that could harm an innocent child.

"The little boy did the right thing, and came out, and reported the situation," said West.