Two more children have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse by an employee of Hobart Assembly’s Growing Hearts Daycare.
After first being arrested in October on allegations that he sexually abused a 4-year-old girl at the daycare, 23-year-old Joseph Ray Hudson appeared in court again on December 10 to face additional charges of two counts of child molestation based on allegations that he also abused a 3-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy at the Growing Hearts Daycare.
Hudson was charged with child molesting in October for an incident that allegedly happened on September 25 at the daycare located at the Hobart Assembly of God church. He allegedly admitted to abusing the child when a pastor from the church confronted him two days later. He was working as a cook at Growing Hearts at the time of the alleged incidents and has since been fired.
The parents of the latest two victims first learned of Hudson’s arrest in a newspaper article. They then talked to their kids about the situation and determined that they had also been sexually abused by Hudson.
Attorney contributor Jeff Gibson helps survivors of sexual abuse find justice and holds sexual predators and their enablers accountable in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked Jeff to discuss the legal options available to those who have survived sexual abuse by daycare and preschool employees:
In any business that involves working with children, it’s critical for management to make sure all employees are trustworthy people and that the kids under their watch are safe. Unfortunately, these types of businesses can attract sexual predators who exploit their positions of trust and close proximity to children in order to commit heinous crimes of sexual abuse. The perpetrators of these crimes must be held criminally responsible, their victims must get the full support they need and deserve, and their employers must also be held accountable if their negligence allowed the abuse to occur.
In some cases of daycare sexual abuse, the daycare itself is also partially responsible. This applies in cases of negligence, such as failing to run a background check before hiring a new employee or failing to report suspected abuse to law enforcement in a timely manner. The victims of daycare sexual abuse may have the option to file a lawsuit against the facility if negligence played a role in allowing sexual abuse to occur.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a daycare employee, we understand the troubles your family is facing. But the legal system is here to help. If you’d like to learn more about your family’s legal options, consider contacting an experienced preschool sexual abuse lawyer.