Local Daycare Shut Down, Worker Accused Of Molestation

CHIPPEWA (KDKA) — The state shut down a daycare center in Chippewa, Beaver County, after a worker was accused of molesting a child.

The alleged incident happened nine years ago, but the victim, now 15, just came forward.

The suspect’s daughter owns the daycare center and when she didn’t shut it down, the state got involved.

The victim told police she was inappropriately touched when she was six years old by Clarence Bryan at his family’s daycare center on Darlington Road.

“I am glad that she finally got the nerve and the courage to come forward because unfortunately these things do happen and they have to realize they’re not the one that’s wrong,” Chippewa Police Chief Robert Berchtold said.

Bryan, 81, was arrested two days ago and confessed to police.

“He had her on his lap and gave her a mouth to mouth kiss while in the bathroom and he propped the door with his foot to make sure no one could come in,” Berchtold said.

Chippewa Police are hoping this was an isolated incident, but if there are any other victims, they are encouraged to come forward.

Bryan is free on $25,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing next week. He’s charged with several misdemeanor counts of indecent assault of a minor and corruption of a minor.

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