Tuckaway Childcare Center in Henrico – an employee is accused of child sex abuse.
Former Henrico Daycare Worker Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges
A former employee of the Tuckaway Child Development & Early Education Center in Varina has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing two children.
32-year-old Rahman Jordan Rypkema is accused of sexually abusing two children who were under 13 years old. The first incidents allegedly happened between September 2018 and February 2019. Another incident allegedly happened on or around February 12, 2019. He has been charged with two counts of felony aggravated sexual battery.
Rypkema was arraigned at Henrico County Court on Thursday morning, March 14. He was ordered held without bond and will appear in court again on April 29.
During the arraignment, a prosecutor said the victims are only 4 and 5-years-old. She also said that more charges are expected because the prosecution believes a third child was abused as well. The prosecution also believes that Rypkema has a history of sexual abuse.
Tuckaway Varina Had a History of Violations
According to state inspection reports, Tuckaway’s Varina location had a history of state violations. The facility has been cited for failure to lock up medication in order to prevent access by children. The facility was also cited for failure to have information on dosage amount and times to be administered.
In October 2018, the state department cited Tuckaway for 19 violations, including failure to have proof of children’s immunizations and failure to strap an infant in at a feeding table.