Waverly police investigating offensive graffiti at YMCA

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WAVERLY, Ohio - Police in Pike County are investigating after offensive graffiti showed up at a local YMCA.

The vandalism happened Sunday at the Pike County YMCA in Waverly. Spray paint was seen on the building, a bus, a sign, and in the parking lot. Some of the images vandals painted were racially and sexually offensive.

"Definitely disheartening, but we have a lot of good things going on here at the YMCA. I don't want to let that put a bad mark on us," said Pike County YMCA CEO Kim Conley.

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Waverly police are now investigating the incident.

"We want to act diligently on this one and make sure we send a clear message that this is not something that will be tolerated within our community," said Waverly Police Chief Zachary Dixon.

Dixon said he will be working with the county prosecutor to go through the images specifically to see if this is a hate crime investigation.

"Some of it was pretty graphic in sexual nature. Some of it also had some indicators toward sexual orientations and other things that were racially motivated,' Dixon said.

The YMCA was cleaned and no longer has the offensive images. There were also security cameras installed. Staff is confident the building can remain a safe space for people in the community.

"We have a lot of good people in Pike County. I want this to be a first home or a second home to them," Conley said.

If you have any information on the case, call Waverly Police. Through its membership with the Ohio Farm Bureau and Nationwide, the YMCA is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

To learn more about the services offered at the Pike County YMCA, click here.