Man arrested in child rape case was JCC employee

William “Billy” Hogenmiller

William “Billy” Hogenmiller, 20, was arrested Friday by St. Louis County police and charged Tuesday with rape in the first degree. Hogenmiller, an employee of the Jewish Community Center, has been suspended pending an investigation, according to the JCC.

He previously worked at a JCC day camp and is currently employed in the organization’s after-school program. The victim of the alleged crime is a child, according to a news release from St. Louis County police, and the alleged attacker knew the victim. The case does not involve the JCC or another organization where Hogenmiller worked that provides respite care to children and adults with disabilities, police said.

“I was told by the detective that he does not believe anything happened at those workplaces,” said Shawn McGuire, the police media relations officer.

Hogenmiller is being held on a $75,000 bond. 

JCC President & CEO Lynn Wittels said the JCC conducts background checks as part of the hiring process and checks every employee against the national sex offender registry.

The police are requesting that anyone who believes they may have been victimized by Hogenmiller to call 636-529-8210.