Alexandria rec center director arrested for assaulting 11-year-old

Alexandria rec center director arrested for assaulting 11-year-old

Alexandria police arrested a city employee for assaulting an 11-year-old boy during a basketball game at Charles Barrett Recreation Center Wednesday night, officials said in a statement.

The center’s director, Robert D. Gordon, 55, of Temple Hills, Md., allegedly grabbed and picked up the child when the usual after school pickup game got heated, officials said. The child, upset, called his parents, who in turn notified authorities. 

The juvenile was uninjured, police said. 

Gordon, a city employee of 23 years, faces one count of assault and battery following an investigation into the on court incident. He was later taken to the citys jail without incident and released around 11 p.m., police said.
He was arraigned in Alexandria Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Friday morning and heads back for adjudication on June 3.

Gordon is on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation into the incident, said William Chesley, deputy director of the Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Department. They are working alongside child protective services, he said. 

“We are conducting an investigation and hoping to wrap that up as quickly as possible given the circumstances,” Chesley said. “Once we complete those parts we will pull everything together and begin to evaluate the next.”

There will be no disruption to the center’s programs in the incident’s wake, he said.