Father claims he and his son with autism were accosted by women in men's locker room at swim center
BOYDS, Md. - Tom Rowse and his 17-year-old son are regulars at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center in Montgomery County. Rowse has a blog called Exercising Autism that documents his adventures with his son Gregory, who has autism.
But this past Sunday, their routine took a terrible turn when they were verbally accosted by a group of young women with racial slurs and insults cast against them inside the men's locker room of the swim center.
"It took away a great day. We had a great day together. We played disc golf in the morning, we came home, we ate lunch with my wife and then we went out to the pool just like we try to do all the time on the weekends," said Tom.
Rowse is active in the community and active online as he blogs about the benefits of exercise for his son.
"It helps them go ahead and develop that in a way that might not get addressed normally," he said.
The father and son's Sunday swim turned traumatic when three young women barged into the men's locker room.
"They started pointing at all of us in half dress and I'm like, 'What is going on?' My son is standing next to me naked," Rowse recalled.
They hurled insults at the men and boys inside the locker room while refusing to leave. Rowse believes they even took photos and video.
"If you all were men, you would be tackled right now, you would be arrested and you would be going to jail," he said.
But that wasn't the case. Police were called, but Rowse said they never followed up. Staying positive, Rowse and his son are hoping to move forward from this very public invasion of privacy.
"He's able to recover from it, I'm able to recover from it, but I don't like being put in that position. I felt so violated," said the father.
FOX 5 reached out to police, but did not hear back from them. Rowse said he followed up with police Tuesday night when he had not heard from them.
FOX 5 also reached out numerous times to Montgomery County Recreation, but they did not return our calls.
It is unknown at this time if the young women have been identified or if they are facing any charges.
Rowse said he is just hoping for some closure after the traumatic confrontation.