Daycare Worker's Sex Abuse Confession Will Make You Sick

daycare child molesterGood god this is awful. A daycare worker in Iowa has been accused of sexually abusing 23 children. Joshua Ritchie, 23, worked at Cornerstone Childcare in Nampa, a city about 20 miles outside of Boise, and was arrested on August 21 after a 5-year-old boy told his parents he'd been sexually molested. Ritchie's being held on a $2.5 million bond and faces life in prison if convicted.

Unfortunately, it gets worse. Ritchie not only worked at a daycare, but he also worked in the Nampa school district.

He was a substitute member of the kitchen staff there, as well as for the Idaho Arts Charter School. 

Evidently, Ritchie knew where to work if he wanted access to children, which would be a noble cause if not, of course, for the seriously disturbing accusations. It's worth mentioning that investigators found child porn on Ritchie's home computer.

Parents are reportedly calling the authorities, obviously concerned that their children came in contact with Ritchie, but police are still sorting out all the evidence. As of now, all we know is that Ritchie admitted to investigators that he sexually abused 23 kids between the ages of 5 and 12.

Chilling that he knew the exact number, right? Sounds like someone was keeping score.

It's every parent's worst nightmare that something would go wrong at daycare. It's the Joshua Ritchies of the world that make dropping your kid off at Sunshine Appleseed Daycare in Anytown, USA seem so terrifying, regardless of the place's certifications and their recommendations and their commitment to using organic play-dough.

But it's important, I feel, to remember that daycare isn't necessarily dangerous, it's the child abusers that are dangerous. It's horrifying when the two combine, no doubt about it, but sometimes it's easy to forget that, most of the time, they don't collide -- a blessing almost as it is a given.

If guilty, I hope Mr. Ritchie gets the book thrown at him, and I hope all those kids he injured get the help they need.

Do stories like this about daycare make you worried about your own childcare?


Photo via Canyon County Sherriff's Dept

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nonmember avatar anonymouse

It was in IDAHO...not IOWA.

peanu... peanutsmommy1

No it doesnt, because I trust my DCP like family...she wouldnt be my DCP otherwise

twili... twilightsbella

What a sick POS! I hope they get his ass in prison. Those poor babies he hurt :(

lasombrs lasombrs

Its partly why my kids never went to day care, but it worries me about regular public school too :( I hope he gets life with no chance of getting out again

SuzyB... SuzyBarno

It can happen anywhere and yes it scares me/us! My husbands sister was molested by their uncle so my husband is hyper aware of anyone sketchy. I know at some point you have to trust your children and their peers parents and other family members. I really try to teach my daughter to keep communication open and I tell her what is right and wrong. She's only 3 but I know soon enough she will be invited for sleep overs and although I want to be over Protective of both my kids but they also need to live life.

nonmember avatar FromIOWA

idaho, not iowa.

wamom223 wamom223

This scares the crap out of me.  Its why we have to have hard conversations with our children.  I was molested at home by a family member so its not as though there are safe places.  All I can say is I will pray for these children and their families, and I hope those children get the therapy the need.  I know some people will have a problem with me saying this but I hope this guy gets put in general population and I hope they make him regret the day he was born.

Torra... TorranceMom

How horrible! These poor babies! My heart goes out to them and their parents. This has never been an issue for us. My kids have never been to daycare and we've never needed/used a babysitter.

Alynn74 Alynn74

Forget about throwing the book at him-Beat him with the book after he's castrated and then throw him in a dark cell somewhere and throw away the key!

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