Daycare operators charged in alleged child sexual assault investigation

Jun 8 2020, 10:29 am

A man and his wife, who have long operated a home daycare in Toronto, have been charged in an ongoing alleged sexual assault investigation, according to police.

Jose Dias, 63, and Maria Alice Cruz, 60, have reportedly been running childcare out of their home in the Caledonia Park Road and Davenport Road area for the last 30 years.

Police say that between 2017 and 2020, Dias allegedly sexually assaulted a now 9-year-old girl on multiple occasions. Between 2016 and 2020, he reportedly sexually assaulted a now 11-year-old girl on multiple occasions, as well.

According to officials, Cruz became aware that her husband was sexually assaulting the girls and she, as the primary babysitter entrusted to be in charge of the children, endangered their health, failed to protect them, and failed to report the abuse.

On Friday, May 29, Dias, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with Sexual Interference, Invitation to Sexual Touching, and Sexual Assault.

Toronto Police Service

Police say the second victim came forward on June 3, resulting in Dias being further charged with additional counts of Sexual Interference, Invitation to Sexual Touching, and Sexual Assault, as well as Make Available Sexually Explicit Material to a Person Under 16 years old.

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex, and penetration. More information is available here.

Toronto Police Service

On Thursday, June 4, Cruz was arrested and charged with two counts of Fail to Provide Necessaries of Life, and Fail to Report a Child In Need of Protection.

Police are concerned there may be other victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2922, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on the Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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