Daycare Worker Charged with Infant Rape

Worker ChargedA daycare worker in Elyria, Ohio has been charged with two counts of rape of an infant. Heather Koon, 25, was arrested and charged after police found a video of Koon having sex with the infant.

Police raided the woman’s apartment in order to arrest her boyfriend. James Osborne, the woman’s boyfriend is a registered sex offender who was using a false address. Police removed a laptop from the home and discovered the video of Koon raping the child. The police report describes the video as showing her “engaging in sexual conduct with an unknown infant.”

Both Koon and her boyfriend are being held at the Lorain County Jail. Koon has been charged with two counts of rape. The additional charge was filed after another victim was identified. She is also charged with threat of force. Osborne is charged with tampering with records.

The father of one of victims said the police worked with him to identify the child. He was able to identify his child after police showed him still photos.

I still haven’t wrapped my mind around it,” he continued. “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.”

The father added that the daycare center, ABC KIDZ, at first advised him not to discuss the incident and “tried to act like it was simple assault. A few hours later the called us back again and asked us to keep it discrete.”

The daycare center maintains that they asked for discretion in order to find out if there were additional victims.

Any child that’s old enough to talk, they should talk to.  Any child that’s not old enough to talk should be taken to a physician,” the distraught father advised.

Elyria, Ohio is a city of 55,000 people located about 30 miles southwest of Cleveland. In 2012, it was featured in a New York Times article about the difficulties facing small communities hard hit by the economy. Photos painted a picture of the quaint town as an idyllic place to live with people raising families there for generations. News of the crime shocked the tight-knit community.

ABC KIDZ daycare responded through its lawyer. Carlos Johnson, the lawyer for the daycare, told a local television station that the daycare is cooperating fully with the police and the investigation and they, too, are eager to find out exactly what happened.

Johnson said the daycare workers are compiling a list of children who may have come in contact with Koon during their time at the daycare. He added that the daycare is doing everything it can to help in  the investigation. “This is a tragic situation and we have reached out to each of the families that have children in the care of ABC KIDZ daycare.”

Lorain County Sheriff Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh commented to a local paper that he fears, “this is just the beginning.”

Written by Linda Torkelson

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