New charges filed against daycare worker in sex assault case

 

A man accused of inappropriately touching a child at the daycare center where he worked is now in more trouble with the law.

Berks County detectives announced late Thursday afternoon that they have filed additional criminal charges against Andrew J. McCollin in a case involving another child at the same center.

"To date, we have had two children come forward and disclose, and these are young children," said District Attrorney John Adams. "This is very tough on them."

McCollin, 33, of Berwick, Columbia County, was first arrested on August 30 after a 4-year-old child reported being inappropriately touched by a teacher at Creative Beginnings Early Learning Center on Route 183 in Bern Township, according to detectives.

"He did admit to touching inappropriately that child," said Adams.

Since then, investigators said they learned that a 5-year-old boy disclosed to his parents that he was inappropriately touched by his teacher -- "Mr. Andrew" -- on more than one occasion.

"Interview techniques are used that are not leading, that are trying to get the facts," Adams said.

As a result of the new complaint, detectives said they decided Thursday to charge McCollin with aggravated indecent assault of a child, institutional sexual assault - child care, indecent assault, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of children.

McCollin is free on bail.

Detectives said they are continuing their investigation into other possible victims, but with them being so young, the investigation could take time.

"We do expect that during our ongoing investigation, we may discover more children being able to verbalize what happened to them," Adams said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the district attorney's office by calling 610-478-7171.

Creative Beginnings has said that it is cooperating with the investigation.

Officials with the Children's Alliance Center of Berks County said parents should start talking to their children about inappropriate touching as early at two to three years old.