Worker at day­care charged

Man, 20, ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing child

Metro Canada (Halifax) - - NEWS - Philip Croucher metro | Hal­i­fax with files from The cana­dian press, zane wood­ford/metro

Po­lice have charged a 20-year-old man with sex­ual as­sault of a child re­lat­ing to an al­leged in­ci­dent at a lo­cal day­care.

In a me­dia re­lease on Mon­day, Hal­i­fax Re­gional Po­lice say on Aug. 22, po­lice re­ceived a re­port of a worker at the Kids & Company day­care at 3260 Bar­ring­ton St. who al­legedly “touched one of the chil­dren in a sex­ual man­ner while that child was in his care.”

“We are not dis­clos­ing the age or sex of the vic­tim in or­der to pro­tect the child’s iden­tity,” con­tin­ued a me­dia state­ment from Hal­i­fax Re­gional Po­lice. “Po­lice were ad­vised that the man was suspended the same day that the in­ci­dent was re­ported.”

Twenty-year-old Mitchell Casavcheia of Cole Har­bour turned him­self in to po­lice last Thurs­day and has been charged with sex­ual as­sault and sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence.

He is sched­uled to ap­pear in court on Oct. 26.

Hal­i­fax po­lice say the ac­cused has been re­leased on nu­mer­ous con­di­tions in­clud­ing not go­ing to any day­care, play­ground or school, and to not be around any youth un­der the age of 16-year­sold with­out there be­ing a guardian or par­ent on hand.

Dorothy Mor­phy, area di­rec­tor for the Kids and Company chain, said Casavechia had been work­ing with Kids and Company for less than four months, and they had done all the man­dated checks.

“Ev­ery­thing that we’re sup­posed to do — ref­er­ence checks, child abuse reg­istry, ev­ery­thing — was done,” she said.

Mor­phy said Casavechia is “no longer em­ployed at all.”

When asked what she’d say to par­ents who are con­cerned about send­ing their chil­dren to Kids and Company, Mor­phy wouldn’t get into specifics.

“I’m do­ing my very best to re­as­sure them as best I can, but I can’t go into de­tail about what I’m shar­ing with them be­cause it’s a con­fi­den­tial mat­ter, but we are do­ing our best and meet­ing with all par­ents who want to chat with us fur­ther,” she said.

Cindy Bay­ers, a spokesper­son with Hal­i­fax Re­gional Po­lice, says its sex­ual as­sault in­ves­ti­ga­tors worked closely with the child’s fam­ily and launched its in­ves­ti­ga­tion once the al­leged in­ci­dent was re­ported.

We’re do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to the best of our abil­ity to re­as­sure par­ents.

dorothy mor­phy

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