Kelly Holleran Mar. 27, 2013, 12:47pm

A disabled adult claims a YMCA employee embezzled property from her while she was attempting to receive exercise assistance.

Kelly M. White filed a lawsuit Feb. 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court on behalf of Jacquelyn R. Meek against the National Council of Young Men’s Christian Associations of the United States of America and Daniel J. Robinson.

In her complaint, White alleges Meek began visiting the YMCA for help with her physical activity exercises. Robinson was assigned to work with Meek. Knowing of Meek’s mental and physical disabilities, Robinson began to steal her personal property while working with her, according to the complaint.

The YMCA should never have hired Robinson because he had a history of theft-related crimes, the suit states.

“The defendant owed the plaintiff an affirmative duty to protect the plaintiff from the wrongful acts of third parties,” the complaint says.

In her complaint, White seeks a judgment of more than $200,000 and punitive damages of more than $50,000, plus pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief the court deems just.

Stephen R. Clark of Courtney, Clark and Mejias in Belleville will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-111.

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