Parents of day care kids may never know extent of abuse

Mar 19, 2017 | Feature | 0 comments

Parents at a Bear day care where a teacher was caught on video inappropriately touching three students may never find out if their children also were victims.

Anthony Rodriguez, a teacher there, was arrested in 2015. Parents whose children were not identified as victims in videotapes that alerted authorities to Rodriguez never learned of the abuse until they read about the 21-year-old’s guilty plea and sentencing in The News Journal this week. That lag, they say, robbed them of the chance to determine if anything happened to their children.

“I just want to make sure I do what I need to do as a parent, but now they took that away from me,” said Nicole Rittenhouse, a mother who withdrew her 6-year-old son from Kidz Ink II’s after-school program this week. “And they seem to think there is nothing wrong with that.”

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