Man charged with sex offences at northwest dayhome
The Calgary Police Service Child Abuse Unit has charged a man with sex-related offences stemming from an incident at a private dayhome.
The incident was reported to police in February 2017, after a three-year-old girl told her parents that she had been inappropriately touched by a man while at her dayhome, located in the community of Citadel.
The man, who lives in the home, but is not the primary caregiver, is alleged to have had sexual contact with the girl when they were alone. The operator of the dayhome is known to the man and is cooperating with the investigation.
Police have contacted parents who had children attending the dayhome around the time of the incident. A series of DNA samples were also submitted for testing by police, which contributed to the length of the investigation.
Gary Francis HACHEY, 65, has been charged with sexual interference and sexual assault with a child. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Friday, August 4, 2017.
The Calgary Police Service encourages parents to research potential dayhomes and consider the following points:
- Ask about day home health and safety plans and emergency plans;
- Conduct a visit when the dayhome is open to observe activities, daily routines, as well as indoor and outdoor spaces, toys and other equipment;
- Ask for a criminal record check for all occupants of the home dated within the last three years;
- Conduct reference checks with parents of current or previous day home children;
- Ensure the dayhome operator has up-to-date CPR and first aid training;
- Check in with your children and have age-appropriate conversations about inappropriate touching or unexplained injuries.
- For more information about to how recognize signs of child abuse, please visit the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre website at www.sheldonkennedycac.ca.
Anyone who is a victim of crime or who believes they know someone who is, should contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be left anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers using any of the following methods: