An employee at a daycare center in Berks County stands accused of inappropriately touching a four-year-old boy.
Andrew McCollin, 33, of Berwick, Columbia County, was charged Friday with indecent assault, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Berks County district attorney's office.
Berks County detectives said they received a complaint Monday about a child who was inappropriately touched by a teacher at the daycare he was enrolled in. The daycare was identified as Creative Beginnings in Bern Township.
Detectives said they learned the boy told his parents his teacher had touched him inappropriately.
The child told authorities the same information during an interview at the Children's Alliance Center on Wednesday, said Berks County District Attorney John Adams. When asked how many times the incident occurred, the child said "plenty," the DA's office said.
Detectives interviewed McCollin the same day. After an initial denial, he admitted to inappropriately touching the boy on more than one occasion, the DA's office said.
"We have had few incidents in our county that emanated out of a daycare," Adams said. "This is very disturbing."
Detectives said they are continuing the investigation into other possible victims. Authorities are asking anybody with information to contact them at 610-478-7171.
"We are concerned that there may be other victims out there, so if your child has had any contact with Andrew McCollin at the daycare center, talk to your child," said Adams.
Creative Beginnings Childcare suspended McCollin as soon as the allegations came to light.
The daycare center said it is working closely with local authorities:
Immediately after learning of some troubling concerns from a parent last weekend, the Creative Beginnings Child Care Center reported the concerns to ChildLine and the Berks County Detectives began an investigation. We are shocked and distressed, and we are working to process these disturbing allegations. Our hearts are first and foremost with the children and families involved, and we will be doing everything we can to support them through this very difficult time. We are also working closely with the local authorities, and we will support their efforts in every way we can to ensure a full and thorough investigation and just outcome in this situation.