The Barber Center has released a statement following the news that a recent employee of theirs has been arrested for inappropriate conduct with a teenager.
In the letter, the Barber Center confirms that the employee in question, 29-year-old Gregory Mancini, worked for them from “April 2015 until he voluntary resigned on November 10, 2018”. There was no comment as to the reason for his resignation, but they do go on to say there were no formal complaints made at the time. They go on to encourage any caretakers of any children he was working with to come forward with incidents that warrant investigation.
We also received a letter from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia, where Mancini was arrested. In this letter, they say investigators arrested the former teacher when he went to meet in person with a teenager he allegedly met while playing the video game, ‘Fortnite’. They say Mancini was arrested when he traveled to Georgia to meet with a 13-year-old boy he had “online sexual conversations with”. Those conversations allegedly taking place over an Xbox headset through the game.
Investigators say the mother turned in the man October 23rd, which is when the investigation began. The mother said she found out Mancini was planning to travel to meet her son, which is what led her to reach out to police. That’s when police took over the conversations and set up the meeting with the 29-year-old suspect.
The Barber Center’s letter can be read in its entirety below:
The Barber National Institute wishes to ensure families that the safety and wellbeing of the children and adults we serve is our highest priority.
All employees undergo rigorous screenings that include Pennsylvania State Police and Childline clearances as well as FBI fingerprint clearances and are required to complete Act 31 mandated reporter training. All clearances were completed for this former employee and no criminal records were found or any other indication that this former employee had been accused of any improprieties. No accusations or reports of improprieties regarding this employee had been made to the Barber National Institute by any client, the parent of a client, or any other person during his tenure as an employee of the Barber National Institute.
Concerns expressed by individuals or family members regarding any employee are addressed immediately by the Barber National Institute. Parents/guardians are informed about grievance procedures that they are encouraged to use to bring complaints to the administration. If we become aware of any complaints that might be in violation of the law we promptly report them to the appropriate authorities.
The former employee was employed by the Barber National Institute from April 2015 until he voluntary resigned on November 10, 2018. Although no concerns or complaints were raised at any time prior to his resignation about this former employee’s conduct, the Barber National Institute is conducting an internal review relating to his employment.
Letters will be sent to parents/families whose children utilized any services or programs where they may have had contact with this former employee. Families or anyone in the general public that would like to express complaints or concerns should contact Jennifer Kennedy, vice president for Governance, Risk Management and Compliance, at 814-480-6807 or jkennedy@BarberInstitute.org.