Man charged with sex­u­ally as­sault­ing chil­dren at White­hall day care

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Pamela Lehman

A White­hall Town­ship man is charged with sex­u­ally as­sault­ing three girls at a day care cen­ter from 2011 through 2017, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

Zachary Zim­mer­man, 22, is charged with sev­eral sex­ual as­saults in­volv­ing three vic­tims who were ju­ve­niles at the time, Le­high County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jim Martin said in an­nounc­ing the charges Wed­nes­day.

Au­thor­i­ties said the as­saults oc­curred at A Lot Like Home Day­care, which has the same ad­dress as Zim­mer­man’s home. Au­thor­i­ties did not say how Zim­mer­man is con­nected to the day care, but court records state all three girls were be­ing su­per­vised at the day care at the time of the al­leged as­saults.

A woman who an­swered the phone at the day care cen­ter Wed­nes­day iden­ti­fied her­self as the owner and Zim­mer­man’s mother but de­clined to give her name. She said the cen­ter has been open for 20 years, and she knew noth­ing about the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing her son.

Ac­cord­ing to the state Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices, which over­sees day care fa­cil­i­ties, A Lot Like Home Day­care is owned by Derise Pol­cari and has not re­ceived any sanc­tions for vi­o­la­tions. The fa­cil­ity pro­vides care for chil­dren rang­ing from new­borns to school age, ac­cord­ing to the state’s re­port.

Zim­mer­man, of the 2300 block of North First Av­enue, is charged with in­vol­un­tary de­vi­ate sex­ual in­ter­course with a child, in­vol­un­tary de­vi­ate sex­ual in­ter­course, ag­gra­vated in­de­cent sex­ual as­sault and in­de­cent as­sault, au­thor­i­ties said. Zim­mer­man was sent to Le­high County Jail un­der $75,000 bail, court records state.

Ac­cord­ing to court records: Po­lice say three girls re­ported to po­lice that they had been sex­u­ally as­saulted by Zim­mer­man while be­ing cared for at the fa­cil­ity.

The girls ranged in age from 10 to 12 at the time of the al­leged as­saults, po­lice say. All three girls told po­lice the sex­ual as­saults took place over sev­eral oc­ca­sions, and in two of the cases took place over the course of a year.

“Crimes of this na­ture are re­pug­nant, es­pe­cially when com­mit­ted against chil­dren,” Martin said in the news re­lease.

Zim­mer­man has no prior crim­i­nal record, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Morn­ing Call re­porter Pamela Lehman can be reached at 610820-6790 or [email protected] .com.

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