23 Kids Sexually Abused by Idaho Daycare Worker

Friday, September 7th, 2012 by from Buzzworthy Bulletins

joshua ritchieHow well do you know the employees at your child’s daycare? On August 21, childcare worker Joshua Ritchie was arrested and “charged with lewd conduct with a child”; and then he admitted to his crimes: sexually abusing 23 kids between the ages of 5 and 12.

The 23-year-old, who worked at Cornerstone Childcare in Nampa, Idaho, only confessed to investigators after he was caught, because a “5-year-old boy told his parents that Ritchie had sexually abused him.”

Not only did Ritchie work at that daycare, he also worked as a kitchen staff substitute for the Nampa School District and at the Idaho Arts Charter School! He had access to a lot of children; and Canyon County investigators are still fielding calls from numerous parents who are rightly worried and concerned, wondering if their own child may have had contact with Ritchie.

If there wasn’t enough negative media concerning daycares floating around already, now parents can add this additional worry to the list!

When parents decide to enroll their children into a daycare, they are expecting that daycare to care for their child as well as, if not better, than they would themselves. A lot of parents struggle when deciding which childcare method is best for their family. And with all of the questions and concerns one might already have, it seems that it is time – in this wonderful world in which we live – to really consider if the childcare method your family has chosen might be the kind of place where a child could be sexually abused.

Ritchie is currently being held on a $2.5 million bond. (He asked the judge for a bond reduction, but was denied.)

If you have a child in daycare, or know someone with a child in daycare, are you confident in the selected center? Do you feel your child is safe?

 

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  1. Avatar of Alyssa Alyssa says:

    these articles is why I am so glad my mother does daycare, and will be watching my children for me. The school part scares me. It almost makes me want to homeschool my children just to make sure they are safe from people like this. Its absolutely sickening. How could someone take away a child’s innocence like that? this man deserves the highest of punishments, and I hope all the children whos life he has so greatly affected find they love, support and help they need.

  2. Avatar of Tangee Tangee says:

    holding back all the negative and horrible things i could say..i am very happy that a 5 year old was taught what is wrongful touching and told his parents! without that 5 year old saying something i could only imagine how many more children would have been abused!

  3. Avatar of tamie tamie says:

    what is wronge with our nation where people who get d w i s get stricter punishments than these sick sobs who sexualy abuse our children

  4. Avatar of LIZ says:

    this is one thing that scares me the most

  5. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    The one of my many fears to put my child in a daycare. We can never be 100% sure they’re safe. As to the devil culprit , I hope he stays in jail for a lifetime!

  6. Avatar of Rebekkah Rebekkah says:

    This is horrible and disgusting. Children who are sexually abused carry psychological scars their whole life and to think from a daycare worker no less. This is an abomination. Child molester are beaten in jail by other prisoners because even they know abusing a child is gross and unforgivable. I hope he’s beaten everyday for what he has done to those poor innocent children. The trust a parent puts on you to watch their child is great and to break it in such a gross manner. How horrible those poor children

  7. Avatar of jessica jessica says:

    Annnnd this is why I do not let anyone watch my daughter unless its only for an hr. during church and I periodically check too. also I have only ever let 1 family that was not a family member watch her. and only for short times and I check on them too. I trust no one with my daughters safety but my husband an I. This guy better get a death sentence.

  8. Avatar of carline carline says:

    Hang him upside down and have the birds eat his pennis.

  9. Avatar of kaitlynn kaitlynn says:

    how sick!! an innocent child deserves so much more, they really need to evaluate ppl before they let these kinds off people around kids, I know they couldn’t have known but employees need education, training and extensive evaluation not someone who gets the job bc they play a good front, im mean what if it was their kids I bet they would have wished they would have done a better job of keeping tabs on the activitys this man was doing with those poor kids!

  10. Avatar of danica danica says:

    I mentioned before i work in a daycare my mother owns ,we had 2 toddlers and they were good kids ,one day i told the 3 yr old he has time out for hitting his brother ,i explained what he did wrong and that it is not right ,etc so i said its your turn to go on time out ,the poor child went in the bathroom, i thought he was going to the bathroom since he is potty trained ,but no he went in the bathroom with the lights off and closed the door ,as soon as i saw him turn the light off i told him turn them on if you have to use the bathroom how will you know to wash your hands? he said ,you put me on time out so i am in time out, and he had just came from a daycare in which they used to verbally abuse them and mentally scare them !! that lady is still hitting and yelling at other kids even after their mom tried to investigate with the police ,ugh she shouldt have a daycare!!!!! Research the daycare and the people before you place them there

  11. Avatar of danica danica says:

    My mother owns her own daycare and I work for her , reading this is so sickening how can anybody be sexually attracted to a 5 yr old or 10 year old ? I have a daughter and am concerned about the same thing putting her in a daycare that isn’t with my mom because around my area the daycare staff hits their students/kids and i wouldn’t want my daughter to go thru any of that so i rather her and all of the kids that we take care of to be happy healthy and safe with us ,in order for anybody to work for us we have to evaluate them with the kids and do a background check ,and we never leave them around the kids .Parents struggle to find a good daycare for their children because they fear stuff like that will happen to their children ,and with sickoes like this it makes us scared for our kids.Ugh

  12. Avatar of Paula Paula says:

    It is horrible that our kids are not safe any where. They are not safe at school because something horrible can happen there. They are not safe in a daycare because sickos like this guy or even a women is around the kids. Heck, now a days you cannot trust your own family which is sad .

  13. Avatar of dana dana says:

    I WOULDN’T HAVE GAVE HIM A JOB AROUND CHILDREN JUST BECAUSE OF THE WAY HE LOOKS MY RED FLAGS WOULDV’E SHOT UP LIKE A BOMB EXPLODING. NONE OF MY CHILDREN GO TO DAYCARE AND NEVER WILL THIS IS NOT MY ONLY CONCERN THEY MIGHT PHYSICALLY ABUSE THEM AND I AIN’T HAVIN THAT SHIT FOLKS WILL REALLY SEE ME TURN UP THEN

  14. Avatar of Liz Ortiz Liz Ortiz says:

    That dude Richie should stay inn jail. That’s one of the reasons my baby girl doesn’t go to daycare. She is cared for by a family member. I think that’s so disgusting and disturbing that there’s people out here in the world like that. I don’t understand why they so sick to be touching children or even thinking that way.

  15. Avatar of Jackie Jackie says:

    I NEVER trust any males who are interested in doing babysitting or childcare.. it’s just NOT normal. Normal men, sure they take care of their own when the need arises, but in general they do everything they can to AVOID childcare in general… I distrust ANY male who is so interested in taking care of children! Creepers

  16. Avatar of doanb doanb says:

    Anyone who hurts a child in this manner should be put to death! Yes he will probably spend a little time in jail/prison but the child/children will endure the pain for a life time. His life time should be cut very short! This sort of thing really angers me!

  17. Avatar of JEN JEN says:

    BETTER BE IN THERE FOR LIFE HOW DID EVERYONE NOT PAY ATTENTION SIGNS HE HAD BE CLOSE TO SOME ONE AT ALL TIMES EVERYONE NEEDS THE BE HELD RELIEABLE FOR NOT PAYING ATTENTION

  18. Avatar of KT. S KT. S says:

    Stuff like this makes parents want to put their kids in bubbles and keep them safe from the ugly and evil in this world. It’s scary. He should be put in the electric chair!

  19. Avatar of courtney courtney says:

    That’swhy iI will not put my kids in daycare! I don’t even like schools but unfortionly my kids don’t have the opsion of home schooling! People that hurt children should be put on death row!

  20. Avatar of Vanessa Vanessa says:

    I say he should burn in hell

  21. Avatar of REKERIA REKERIA says:

    THAT’S CRAZY HE SHOULDN’T HAVE A BOND.

  22. Avatar of sakeirra sakeirra says:

    OMG!! he is just sick!! He needs major help those are kids and not adults. Nothing about there tiny bodies should turn him on!

  23. Avatar of sxygrneyes sxygrneyes says:

    this is crazy! I hope he gets raped repeatedly in prison. you can never know who to trust, ever. I feel sorry for the parents who put their trust into this daycare, but I feel even more sorry for the children.

  24. Avatar of Rebecca Rebecca says:

    TO MANY SICK, CHO-MO, RAPIST, WALKING AROUND FREE IN THIS WORLD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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