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Big Brother volunteer arrested, sexual assault alleged

by Rob Ireland

June 21, 2012

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A 51-year-old man, who is reportedly a volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters, is in custody at the Walworth County Jail after he allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulted an 11-year-old boy at the Geneva Lake Family YMCA and at his home.

The man had been in contact with the child since August of 2011, according to a press release from the Lake Geneva Police Department.

According to the press release, the boy and his mother made a complaint to a detective at the Lake Geneva Police Department on June 18.

The press release doesn't state the alleged offender's name.

However, Rodney J. Meiller, 51, of town of Lafayette, was arrested and was in custody at the Walworth County Jail in lieu of a $5,000 cash bond. However, Meiller posted bond and was released today at 12:23 p.m.

He was booked by the Lake Geneva Police Department on two charges of repeated sexual assault of a child. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 25.

It appears Meiller works in the cleaning and restoration industry. On a social networking site, Meiller lists one of his likes as Rod Meiller's Specialists - Mold and Carpet Cleaning Professionals, Elkhorn.

He is also listed as the owner of Cleaning & Restoration Co., LLC, Delavan, on its website. The website states the company offers cleaning and restoration from water, fire and smoke damage.

On the same social networking site, Meiller lists that he is a 1979 graduate of East Troy High School.

Richard Lowe, the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, which serves Jefferson, Walworth and Rock counties, said the volunteer was terminated after the organization learned of the allegation.

"We are aware of the investigation involving a former volunteer of our organization. We are alarmed and deeply saddened by reports of any child ever being harmed," Lowe said. "Upon learning of the allegation we have terminated the individual's association (with the organization) and have been working proactively with law enforcement as they investigate to see whether anything occurred,"

Lowe said he couldn't comment further because of privacy and confidentiality reasons. However, he said the organization makes child safety a priority and works to protect children.

"But I can say as a mentoring organization, as the nation's oldest and really premier mentoring organization, Big Brothers and Big Sisters does make child safety a real priority. We have zero tolerance for abuse and our volunteers and staff undergo thorough screening and background checks. We provide ongoing professional support for our children and our families as part of our orientation process."

"Our little brothers and little sisters and their parents receive personal safety awareness education and the integrity of our program is extremely important; and to achieve the highest quality standards possible we do work to constantly review and strengthen our screening and background check system as new best practices in the industry emerge."

When asked specifically about how long Meiller volunteered for the organization, Lowe said he couldn't comment for privacy reasons.