BILLINGS - A former Boys and Girls Club of Yellowstone County staff member made his initial court appearance on Tuesday for accusations that he exposed himself to a teenage boy in an apparent attempt to start a relationship.
Matthew Huggard, 22, was charged in Yellowstone County Justice Court with one count of felony indecent exposure.
The 13-year-old boy told a Department of Health and Human Services agent that Huggard had recently exposed himself to him.
A detective with the Billings Police Department interviewed the boy and learned that he had known Huggard for about a year and a half.
With Huggard’s recommendation, the boy began receiving counseling services for depression from Huggard’s father, who is a therapist, according to court documents.
The counseling took place at the counselor’s home and Huggard eventually began coming into the sessions.
Huggard would play Xbox with the boy, wrestle and play sports, according to court documents.
The boy said Huggard eventually began asking him inappropriate sexual questions.
“I’m a little bit gay for you,” the boy recounted Huggard saying.
Huggard reportedly bought the boy gifts and tried to cuddle with him, according to court documents.
When the boy resisted, Huggard allegedly threatened to kill himself.
During an interview with detectives, Huggard’s father relayed that he’d seen his son wrestling with the boy and overhearing him say things like “I love you” and “I need you.”
Huggard was later fired for violating two policies: hanging out with club members outside of the club and buying a club member gifts.
When asked by authorities about the allegations, Huggard admitted buying the boy gifts but denied exposing himself.
Huggard was not in custody Tuesday night.