A federal grand jury indicted a former youth camp counselor from Orchard Park Friday on charges of taking pictures of seminude youngsters on an outing in Wyoming County.
Douglas L. White, 47, of 10 Stonehenge Court is charged with "posing minor males in states of partial undress for the purpose of producing pictures revealing their genitals," U.S. Attorney Dennis C. Vacco said.
Officials of the Greater Buffalo YMCA said White resigned under pressure in November 1989, after FBI agents informed the organization of an incident during a weekend outing at Camp Weona in Gainesville.
"We accepted Mr. White's resignation immediately after the FBI told us they were investigating this incident," said Olin Campbell Jr., vice president of operations for the Greater Buffalo YMCA. "The outing where the incident allegedly took place was not an outing sanctioned by the Y."
Campbell said FBI agents told the agency that "less than 10" youngsters, roughly 9 to 12 years old, were photographed while staying with White in a lodge that he had rented for the weekend outing.
Vacco said he, too, is satisfied the incident was an isolated one connected with the YMCA only in that it took place in a facility owned by the organization. The date was not released.
"Our trustees have been brought up to speed. We've been cooperating with the FBI and the U.S. attorney in this investigation," Campbell said.
The YMCA spokesman said White worked as a counselor, instructor and maintenance person at the Weona youth camp from 1965 to 1972 and from 1979 to 1989. Campbell said he was unaware of any complaints in connection with White's official duties at the popular camp, where about 700 youths visit each year.
Vacco and FBI Agent Paul Moskal declined to discuss White's purpose for taking the photographs. They said Buffalo FBI agents investigated after receiving a tip from a film-processing company near New Castle, Pa.
White now is working as a truck driver, authorities said. Edward C. Cosgrove, his attorney, admitted in an interview that White took pictures, but claimed no crime was committed during the weekend outing.
"There were some photographs taken, but on the issue of whether they were criminal or not, we divide with the government," Cosgrove said. "I think it is very important for the YMCA administration and especially for the parents of those youngsters to know there was no touching, no physical abuse, no assault or improper contact between anyone involved."
"He's a decent chap," Cosgrove said of White.