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Independence man accused of abusing kids at day care

June 13, 2018

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Independence man accused of sexually abusing a girl at the day care owned by his mother is suspected of abusing two additional children.

Quinlyn Harden was arrested in March on three counts first-degree of sexual abuse for allegedly abusing a girl under the age of 14 at Stinky Feet Childcare, the Statesman Journal reported . Harden was charged Friday with sexually abusing two more children while they attended Stinky Feet Preschool.

The alleged abuse occurred from 2009 to 2017.

The Independence day care was shut down following an investigation.

Ceola Harden, Quinlyn Harden’s mother and owner of the Stinky Feet Childcare, declined to comment after her child-care license was revoked by the Oregon Department of Education’s Office of Child Care.

Chris Best with the Gatti Law Firm and fellow attorney Ron Sayer, who are representing the families of the two victims, were pleased with the ongoing investigation that led to the new charges.

Quinlyn Harden is suspected of engaging in oral sex and molesting a girl under the age of 12 and sexually abusing another child under the age of 14, according to the new charges filed Thursday.

The alleged crimes occurred from 2008 to 2012.

“We hope this step will afford the families justice, and help ensure the safety and protection of all children,” Best said.

Quinlyn Harden has pleaded not guilty to the eight counts against him. His court-appointed attorney, Timothy Park, did not immediately return a request for comment from The Associated Press.

Harden’s mother, Ceola Harden, is not facing any criminal charges in connection to the alleged sex abuse at her day care.

Quinlyn Harden’s next court hearing is scheduled for June 28, and a trial date is set for Aug. 1.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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