Robert Boo, the chief executive officer of The Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors, said April 10 that he would soon provide more details regarding his involvement in a controversy involving a now-former employee who is a convicted sex predator.
The former employee, Clarence Collins, was found guilty in 1997 on two charges: sexual battery on a victim less than 12 years old and lewd and lascivious behavior on a child under 16. He’s also listed on the sex offender registry. He had worked at the Pride Center in some capacity since 2003, until he was fired March 19.
Collins was arrested last week and charged with two criminal charges relating to his failure to properly register his address.
Boo said Tuesday that he would be “… sending an update to the community on where were with the decision process, and when I was aware of new information and the actions I took.”
The comments came during the announcement period at The Pride Center’s weekly “Coffee & Conversation” gathering in front of a room full of more than 100 people, mostly senior men.
Boo has been criticized for allegedly knowing of Collins’ past, but still allowing him to work at the center, including after a playground was installed.
Boo specifically cited recent coverage by the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel as “not complementary or 100 percent true.” He did not mention SFGN broke the story two weeks ago.
“Hindsight is always good to have, but when you’re in the moment you have to make the best decisions based on the information you have,” Boo said.
“My intent, energy and focus is that The Pride Center thrives. That’s what I’ve done for the past 12 years of my life. I ask that you be patient and not be quick to judge until you see all the facts. It’s hard to get the message [out] of what the real story is,” he said.
It was not clear when his update would be sent.