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Daycare Worker Arrested for Sexually Assaulting 3-Year-Old

An employee at a Catholic daycare center in Pennsylvania was recently charged with sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl.

Michael Barbee, 32, was arrested on Feb. 11 for multiple counts involving sexual behavior with one of the children who attended the Early Learning Center at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Norristown, according to WTXF.

Although he originally denied the allegations, Barbee eventually admitted to sexually assaulting the girl during nap time after she called him “stupid.”

ccording to the police affidavit of the arrest, the victim complained about Barbee, saying he covered her mouth while he touched her in a sexual manner, WPVI reported.

Barbee allegedly admitted to investigators that he put his hand down the girl’s pants while he was alone in the room with the girl and her classmates. The girl said “ouch” when he touched her, and the incident lasted about 10 seconds, according to WCAU.

While the parents of children attending the daycare and members of the church were undoubtedly shocked by the incident, one employee of the Early Learning Center was outraged but not surprised.

The woman, whose identity was being withheld by WTXF, told reporters that she had previously complained to officials about the staffing and supervision of the daycare center, although she did not mention whether Barbee was involved in her complaints.

“If our calls and our concerns were taken serious, this probably could have been prevented,” she said.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia reported that there were no prior indications of Barbee being involved in similar activity, and prior to his employment with the daycare he was screened for criminal background, including child abuse complaints.

“These charges are serious and disturbing. The archdiocese is cooperating fully with law enforcement regarding this matter and remains fervently committed to preventing child abuse as well as protecting the children and young people entrusted to its care,” the archdiocese said in a statement to the media about the incident.

As of Wednesday, Barbee was still in jail on the charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 years old, aggravated indecent assault of a minor under 13 years old, unlawful contact with a minor and other related charges, according to WCAU.

He has been suspended from his position at the daycare center.

There’s no excuse for someone to sexually abuse a child, but when the abuser is someone who is supposed to be caring for the child, it makes the situation so much worse for parents who already have to make the hard decision about who to trust with their precious babies.

Hopefully, this guy will receive the greatest punishment allowed under the law for his inappropriate and disgusting treatment of this little girl.

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