Youth worker arrested for alleged exposure to child

January 23, 2012 2:37:37 PM PST
There was a sigh of relief along West 120th Street in Harlem after news that a suspected child predator has been caught.

"I am so glad that they caught this guy. He doesn't need to be out here," said Harold Lilly, a parent.

Police arrested 41-year-old Andrew McFall and charged him with public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child.

They believe he's the man seen in security camera video after exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl last month, not far from several schools.

"Great job by the police department. That's what we need out here. To protect our children," Lilly said.

What makes McFall's alleged crime especially egregious is his long history as a youth services worker.

He worked for the last six months with the City of New York's Department of Youth and Community Development.

A spokeswoman said, "The employee was immediately placed on leave without pay pending the results of this process. In his role, he was a manager of a call line and did not work directly with children."

Before that, McFall held an administrative position at the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club where the executive director confirmed to Eyewitness News he was terminated after a co-worker made "serious accusations against him."

"Yes, I did here about it, and yes there are lots of small children in the building," said Sandra Hubbard, a neighbor.

At McFall's Riverdale apartment building, the charges against him both stunned and worried his neighbors.

Some are now questioning the safety of a place they've always considered "family friendly".

"I worry about it. My children are grown up. Once and a while, I have my grandchildren visit. So, sure it concerns me," said Dennis Gultz, a neighbor.

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