Police announced Wednesday that Duncan Round, 53, of Medford Lakes, New Jersey, is charged with seven counts of rape, sexual assault and related offenses.
He is the owner of Sprouts day care on the 600 block of South 9th Street.
The victims are one boy and one girl, both five years old. Investigators say they were assaulted multiple times inside the day care.
Police say the incidents were reported on July 25 by a third party. The children were then interviewed immediately by experts specially-trained in child abuse.
Next, police executed search warrant and found what they described as physical evidence supporting the childrens’ stories.
“We did recover some physical evidence on location there,” said Capt. Mark Bergmann.
Round has owned the facility for about 10 years, and on Wednesday other employees were looking after children at the still-operating day care.
Long Lam has two boys who attend the preschool.
“I am have met the owner,” he said. “Seems like a good guy. Just seems like a good guy.”
Stephen O’Toole says his son has attended Sprouts for two and a half years. He doesn’t believe the allegations.
“If something did happen to these kids, it’s a shame, but it didn’t happen here and he didn’t do it,” said O’Toole.
Police are working to figure out if there are any other victims. They are asking parents with children who attend the day care to watch for signs for withdrawal and other strange behavior.
Parents are also urged to talk to their children.
Any parents with concerns are asked to contact police.