Investigators Allege Day Care Owner Invited Children Into Private Room
May 31, 2002 at 7:54 PM EDT - Updated June 29 at 10:10 PM
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The owner of a day care center kept a private room where children were asked to be in a secret club, investigators allege in court records.
Summit County sheriff's investigators have charged David L. Corsi (pictured, right) with child endangering, voyeurism and disseminating matter harmful to children.
Corsi, 54, the owner of K D Day Care & Preschool, pleaded innocent during his arraignment Thursday in Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court. He remained free on $100,000 personal bond.
Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio banned him from entering his business and prohibited him from talking to any children, parents or employees at the center.
Behind a door marked "Private Eye," one child at a time would sit with "Mr. Dave," plug a quarter in his vibrating bed and eat candy while watching movies or playing video games, and sometimes be videotaped while changing clothes, investigators said.
Deputies said they have not found evidence that any child was physically or sexually molested at the center, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
In court records, detectives accused Corsi of invading the privacy of minor children "for the purpose of sexually arousing or gratifying himself" by photographing minor children.
He also is accused of allowing, coercing or enticing a child to be photographed "in a sexually oriented matter."
His attorney, James Burdon, described Corsi as a man of exemplary character who has the support and confidence of his staff and customers.
The center, which can serve as many as 100 children ranging from infants to preteens, opened in 1996. It remains under the ownership of Corsi and Claudia K. Brothers, 55.
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