READING, Pa. - A third child has come forward with allegations of sexual assault by a daycare teacher in Berks County.
Detectives with the district attorney's office announced Tuesday that they have filed additional charges against Andrew McCollin, who was initially arrested on August 30, 2019, and charged in a second case less than a week later.
"This is horrifying for the parents, those parents entrusted this daycare to take care of their child only to find out that their child was abused," Berks County District Attorney John Adams said.
In the latest case, the child claimed to be sexually assaulted by McCollin between May 2018 and August 2019, while the child was enrolled as a student at Creative Beginnings Early Learning Center in Bern Township.
"There were multiple children potentially abused, however, we're dealing with very young children," Adams said.
Adams also said it's often difficult to get such young children to speak out in these cases.
"Their age is our handicap to our prosecutions," Adams explained. "Now, when a child comes forward, we need to get that information out."
Detectives did not disclose any information about the child. The other children were said to be 4 and 5 years old and students at the same daycare center.
The daycare center said it suspended McCollin as soon as the allegations by the first child were revealed.
McCollin, 34, of Berwick, Columbia County, who is still waiting trial in the other cases, surrendered to detectives Tuesday morning. He was arraigned on charges of institutional sexual assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of children, and then committed to the Berks County Jail, unable to post his $75,000 bail.
The detectives said they are continuing their investigation into other possible victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the district attorney's office by calling 610-478-7171.