College student charged with child sexual abuse

Kyle Loughlin, the Bridgewater State University student accused of sexually assaulting two young boys at the campus day care center, previously worked at a YMCA camp in Hopkinton and at a Sherborn elementary school.

On Thursday, the Metro West YMCA notified parents that Loughlin, 21,was a counselor at the Hopkinton Summer Day Camp in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. He had no previous criminal record and passed a background check, the group said.

In its letter to parents, the YMCA said it prohibits staff from being alone with children where they cannot be seen by others.

As part of his early education studies at Bridgewater State, Loughlin also spent time as a classroom observer at Pine Hill Elementary School in Sherborn, school officials said. In a letter to parents, Superintendent Steven Bliss said Loughlin was at the school for a limited number of hours in March, and in March and December of last year.

We have no reason to believe that any Pine Hill student is involved,” Bliss wrote in a letter to parents sent Thursday.

School officials, working with police, had found no evidence that Loughlin’s behavior raised any concerns. He did not have unsupervised access to children, Bliss said.

“Our investigation has revealed nothing in the way of suspicious activity or reported concerns thus far,” he wrote.

Loughlin was arrested this week after a mother told the university day care center she suspected her son had been sexually abused there. According to police, Loughlin admitted to abusing two boys, ages 4 and 5.