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Former daycare owner charged with sexual assault of children

03/15/2019 08:27AM ● By J. Chambless

A man charged with sexually assaulting children at his in-home day care has been arrested, and police are looking for other children who may have been victims.

Pennsylvania State Police Avondale got a report in June 2018 that James Anthony Battista had allegedly sexually assaulted a child who attended his in-home day care, Little Friends Daycare, when the child was 3. Little Friends Daycare was at 2761 Newark Road, Penn Township.

During the investigation, three other children were identified as victims, and others have been identified in the past week. The children were from 3 to 7 years old at the time of the assaults.

The sexual assault accusations span 2006 to 2009, police say. The daycare was subsequently closed, and Battista moved to Delaware County in 2010.

Pennsylvania State Police arrested and took Battista into custody Battista last week and he has been charged with rape of a child, unlawful contact with a minor, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, and endangering the welfare of children. He was taken to Chester County Prison on $500,000 bail, pending a preliminary hearing that was scheduled for March 19.

Police believe that there may be more victims. The public is being asked to contact the Trooper Stefano Gallina of the Pennsylvania State Police Avondale Barracks at 610-268-2022 with any information related to other victims and other incidents.

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