VENICE, IL (KPLR) – Venice, IL Police say a day care owner has been charged with multiple counts of sex related crimes involving children. The investigation spans a 22-year period.
Investigators say 69-year-old Alfred Session is charged with 4 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
The day care is known as "Sugars" and is located near 6th and Washington Streets. Police say Session owns the day care with his wife. State records show the day care is owned by Maple D. Session.
Police say the alleged abuse dates back to 1992. The detective heading up the investigation says the charges relate to 3 victims who are female, and who are related to the suspect.
The mother of an alleged victim says her daughter attended the day care and is not related to the suspect.
"It should have been stopped," said the woman who did not wish to be identified. "Somebody should have known."
The parent says her daughter was fondled by Session. She's furious police believe the abuse dated back to 1992.
"This could have been prevented," she said. "Someone should have spoken up sooner."
Police suspect there are a total of 12 victims but the investigation is continuing. Authorities will not bring charges in some cases because the statute of limitations has expired.
Neighbors we talked with were shocked over the accusations.
"All this time I've seen him over there with them kids, I never known him to do anything like that," said Michael White.
A woman who answered the door at the day care turned down our invitation to talk about the charges saying she was still waiting to see what happened with Session's arrest.
Police interviewed children currently attending the day care and say it appears none of them have been abused.