The former YMCA Camp Fitch Executive Director was arrested by the FBI and has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography, according to court documents. 

According to the court prosecutors, from November 2018 until about June 2019, Matthew Poese, did knowingly possess and access with intent to view visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit content. 

Court records show that Poese allegedly possessed the explicit content on a cell phone, a hard drive, and a network storage area. 

According to the YMCA website, each year more than 16,000 people visit the resident summer camp on the shores of Lake Erie between Erie, Pennsylvania and the Ohio State Line.

In a letter sent out to all Camp Fitch parents, the President/CEO of the YMCA of Youngstown, Thomas M. Gacse, says Poese's employment with Camp Fitch had been terminated. 

Gacse also pens that, "All pre-employment checks conducted on Poese came back clean and he had no previous record or any other cause for concern in his background, nor has he had any disciplinary issues during his tenure with Camp Fitch." 

"We take our responsibility to you and your children very seriously," says Gacse. "We have a series of measures in place to keep kids safe, including thorough background checks on all employees and required staff training on recognizing and preventing child abuse." 

Gacse emphasizes that Poese's charge does not involve any of the YMCA's campers, nor do they have any evidence that Poese acted inappropriately with any of the campers with Camp Fitch. 

Those who have questions about the case are asked to call the Erie branch of the FBI at (814)-452-4516. 

Poese will appear in the U.S District Court in Erie on Monday, August 12, for a hearing where he is expected to enter a guilty plea.