D.C. employee charged in grope case

This year’s program is smaller than in past years, when as many as 20,000 youths were employed, but will still cost $21.05 million, said Eric Goulet, budget director for Mayor Vincent C. Gray.

“These alleged acts are extremely alarming, disappointing and reprehensible,” Mr. Gray said last week. “We will not tolerate for a moment the victimization of our young people in the [program] who have the right to expect this to be a wholesome, healthy and enriching work experience.”

This year, more than 4,000 youths were put on a waiting list before getting a job before extra city revenues allowed for more hires.

The Gray administration says it will pay for the extra jobs in part with some of the $107.1 million surplus that emerged in revised revenue estimates for this fiscal year.

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