TRUCKEE, Calif. (KTXL) — A camp counselor is behind bars after Nevada County sheriff’s deputies say he inappropriately touched six female campers.
Deputies said six girls between the ages of 12 and 14, who were guests at the Gateway Mountain Center, reported 29-year-old Joshua Solt for inappropriately touching them.
Solt, who is from Truckee, was training for potential employment at the Gateway Mountain Center when the alleged acts occurred. Officials said they questioned him on Monday about the allegations.
Gateway Mountain Center is a nonprofit that provides field trips to school children and offers help for those who have experienced trauma.
Peter Mayfield, the executive director for the Truckee nonprofit, said Solt had just begun the job evaluation process.
“When the incidents were reported it was his second day of shadowing one of our programs,” Mayfield told FOX40.
Mayfield added that Solt had already passed a background check prior to having supervised interactions with the kids.
According to police, Solt had been fired from previous jobs for the same allegations of being inappropriate around young girls — something Mayfield said he had no knowledge of.
“We did a legal live scan check, which shows any criminal record. So, he had been through that and he had passed that,” Mayfield said.
Both the organization and investigators said they are still looking into how the illegal touching happened when Solt was supposedly under direct supervision.
Mayfield said in more than 30 years in his role at executive director he has never experienced this type of accusation.
“Fear feeling uncomfortable in that way in any of our programs is anathema to the work we do, so we take it so seriously,” he said.
In total, Solt has been charged with four counts in relation to the allegations of inappropriate touching. He’s being held at the Nevada County Jail on $105,000 bail.
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