By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
A Hanover man, Raymond Messinger, 46, was arrested on allegations that he sexually molested 3 children. The children, an eight-year-old girl and two seven-year-old girls, were enrolled at Bretzman Daycare Center, where Messinger was a volunteer and the alleged abuse took place. On May 28, police received information from Adams County Children and Youth Services and immediately started an investigation. Messinger was removed from the daycare facility the following business day. A separate and independent investigation is being conducted on the daycare by the state Department of Public Welfare.
The police are also looking into whether or not the owner of the facility properly notified parents of the suspected abuse. Messinger has rented an apartment from the owner and had also cleared the required background screenings. The owner’s residence, which served has the site for the daycare, was properly licensed with the state.
During an interview with investigators, Messinger admitted to the allegations of abuse. He faces up to 126 years in prison if convicted on all charges. If you would like to read more on this story see Daycare volunteer arrested on allegations that he sexually abused 3 children enrolled in the daycare.
Sexual abuse inflicted upon minors may result in a lifetime of physical and emotional trauma. If you suspect any type of abuse you should contact your local law enforcement authorities. Contacting local authorities will prompt a criminal investigation into the matter and have the effect of stopping the abuse.