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Victor Daycare Worker Arrested for Sexual Abuse

43-year-old Sean Smith is accused of having sexual contact with a 6-year-old girl
A Victor daycare worker is behind bars tonight for sexual abuse.

43-year-old Sean Smith is accused of having sexual contact with a 6-year-old girl. The alleged abuse happened inside the Jack 'n Jill Child Care in Victor.

A concerned mother called 911 Monday after talking to her 3-year-old and 6-year-old daughters who told her information related to sexual abuse.

Smith, who has worked at the daycare for 6 years, was arrested Tuesday.

"The interviews at this time indicated that the 6-year-old girl had engaged in touching the male private areas of this employee," said Sheriff Phil Povero of the Ontario County Sheriff's Office.

A day after those initial interviews, Smith of Farmington was arrested. Investigators say he admitted to misconduct with the 6-year-old. According the Ontario County Sheriff's Office, the alleged abuse happened on Monday.

"The 3-year-old child's interview process continues. We are not 100% sure at this point whether this child is also a victim. It seems perfectly clear at this point that minimally she is a witness," said Povero.

The Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes is assisting with the ongoing investigation and conducting interviews with the sisters.

Under state law, several adults are required to watch each child, but the advocacy center says it's not always black and white.
Jack 'n Jill has been cooperating with the investigation.

"I do believe that the center will be reviewing their policies and procedures and I don't know specifically what their policies are. Typically, the state does require additional adults, but it depends on the age of the children as well," said Jennifer Brownell of the Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes.

Investigators have reached out to other families at the daycare, but at this point, they are not aware of any other victims.

Smith is being held in the Ontario County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Other parents at the daycare who have concerns are asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 585-396-4638.

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