William Brown arrested: Former PIAA youth referee, umpire accused of sexually abusing minor

DREXEL HILL, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — A former Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) basketball umpire and baseball umpire is now facing multiple charges of sexually abusing a child, according to the Upper Darby Police Department.

According to police, 57-year-old Drexel Hill resident William Brown was arrested on August 6 and remains in prison.

A 15-year-old man contacted his mother and eventually told police in June about the abuse, which he believes took place over a seven-year period.

The affidavit states, “Brown began sexually abusing him when he was between the ages of six and eight and the abuse continued until he was 12.”

The victim told police he began avoiding the suspect in 2019 and finally had the courage to tell his mother this summer.

Authorities say much of the abuse took place at Brown’s home on the 1000 block of Mason Avenue in Drexel Hill.

The affidavit states that Brown had the victim shower with him and “the defendant would always start massaging the victim and it would turn into something.”

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt said Thursday they are working with state police and other agencies.

Pennsylvania State Police are involved because the victim also said the abuse took place at World Ends Campground in Schuylkill County.

“We know he was exposed and had a lot of contact with children in the community, so we think there may be other victims. Our main concern is that this is a heartbreaking incident that happened to a child and we believe there may be other victims out there,” Bernhardt said.

If you have any information regarding this case, you can contact Sgt. Daniel Oliveri at 610-734-7684.

Action News has contacted the PIAA, but we have received no response.

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