Worker charged with sex­u­ally as­sault­ing child at Hal­i­fax cen­tre

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY/ATLANTIC -

A Hal­i­fax day­care provider says it is try­ing to re­as­sure par­ents af­ter one of its em­ploy­ees was charged with sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a young child on the job.

Po­lice say a re­port was filed on Aug. 22 that a man work­ing at the Kids and Com­pany day­care on Bar­ring­ton Street touched one of the chil­dren in a sex­ual man­ner.

Po­lice were not re­leas­ing the child’s age or gen­der, but say the man was sus­pended the same day.

They say 20-year-old Mitchell Casavechia of Cole Har­bour turned him­self in to po­lice headquarters last Thurs­day and is now fac­ing charges of sex­ual as­sault and sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence.

“We’re do­ing every­thing we can to the best of our abil­ity to re­as­sure par­ents, but as you can ap­pre­ci­ate this is a tough sit­u­a­tion for sure,” said Dorothy Mor­phy, area di­rec­tor for the Kids and Com­pany chain.

She 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.

She said the com­pany is work­ing with po­lice and child ser­vices.

Casavechia was re­leased on nu­mer­ous con­di­tions, in­clud­ing not go­ing to any day­care, play­ground or school, and to not be around youth un­der 16 ex­cept when in the com­pany of their par­ent.

He is due in court on Oct. 26.

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