The former swim director of the Glens Falls YMCA was arrested in Florida this week and charged with soliciting sex from a person he thought was a child, and local YMCA officials were making parents aware of the case.

No allegations have surfaced that Bryan Woodward had improper contact with any children in the Glens Falls area during his nearly three years as the YMCA's swim director and coach of the Gators children's swim team.

He left the YMCA in July 2010, and took a job in Florida as a swim coach in the Gainesville, Fla., area.

Woodward, 29, was charged Monday with use of a computer to solicit a child for sex and traveling to seduce a child to commit sex acts, after an investigation by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain.

She said no other details of the case were being released as of Thursday.

YMCA Executive Director Brian Bearor said he was made aware of the arrest this week.

Bearor said the YMCA was sending letters to parents of Gators swim team members Thursday to make them aware of the issue.

He said no accusations have been made against Woodward of improper conduct during his tenure in Glens Falls.

"We had absolutely no issues in regard to his interaction with minors here," Bearor said.

Glens Falls Police had not been asked to open a formal investigation as of Thursday, but Detective Sgt. Peter Casertino said he was aware of the case and asked that anyone with concerns about possible inappropriate contact by Woodward with children call police at 761-3840.

Woodward had worked as a swim coach in Massachusetts before he came to Glens Falls.

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Moving from State to State to State as a swim coach for young children sure does not make him look innocent at this point! Hopefully he has not left a trail of victims in his path & sure hope he does not move on to other states! He needs to be stopped now before things escalate.


@tmi5ggf - Every position he took was a "promotion" in some manner, so I would say that his moving around was typical of a successful, good coach of his age. For example, his move from Massachusetts to Glens Falls was motivated by the opportunity to be a head coach, since prior to that he was an assistant coach. I'm not saying he's innocent, just that that particular behavior isn't suspicious.

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