Daycare Worker Arrested On Second Allegation of Sexual Abuse
24-year-old former daycare worker Nathan Jack Clemons was arrested on a second charge of sexual assault on August 8. Clemons was first arrested by Bentonville Police on June 29 a charge of second-degree sexual assault for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor at Mary’s Little Lambs Preschool where he worked. Clemons posted a $50,000 bond after the first arrest. Police arrested him the second time after they discovered a second minor victim at the same daycare. He is now free on a $25,000 bond.
First Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse Against Clemons
Clemons was fired less than 24 hours after a parent told staff of the first alleged sexual assault. Mary’s Little Lambs Preschool immediately notified parents following the allegations.
For the first allegation, a parent told daycare administrator Rose Mary Pham that their 7-year-old son was touched inappropriately by an employee. In both allegations, the children say that Clemons offered them a massage and then touched them inappropriately.
Clemons had two previous jobs where he worked with special needs children. He has a hearing set for September 12 in Benton County Circuit Court.
Legal Options For Victims of Sexual Abuse and Their Parents
We’ve asked attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com to add some thoughts on how the legal system can help families affected by sexual abuse find justice:
Finding out that your child has been sexually abused by a person in a position of trust is one of the most difficult things you’ll ever have to hear. During this difficult time, you may be wondering how your family can find justice. If you suspect that your child has been sexually abused, the first step should be contacting the police. Additionally, if the abuse occurred by an employee of a business or organization (like a daycare), consider notifying administrators.
Families should also be aware that they have legal rights outside of the criminal justice system. Businesses and organizations who could have done more to prevent sexual abuse may be held liable if the victim’s family decides to file a lawsuit. A lawsuit can help hold accountable the third parties who failed to stop sexual abuse and also provide financial compensation for damages like counseling, pain and suffering, and more.
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