"The kids love him. I trust him with my daughter, she's there every day after school and she always has been," said Shelley Ott.
Shelley Ott's eight-year-old daughter has been going to Jack & Jill Child Care Center for three years, directly under the care of the man now accused of sexually abusing another child at the center.
Jack & Jill director Natalie Conciardo says Sean Smith, 43, was arrested Tuesday after a child reported an alleged incident that happened on Monday. Smith was arraigned Tuesday on first degree sex abuse charges.
"He's a very good guy. I have come in numerous times, working late or getting out of school late and she's been the only kid left at the day care because it's that close to closing time, and there's never been any issues," Ott said.
Conciardo says Smith, who has worked the afternoon shift for six years, passed all state background checks. She released the following statement to YNN:
"We are shocked and horrified by these allegations. Our hearts go out to the affected family."
Mary Whittier, with the Bivona Child Advocacy Center, says half of the children she's evaluated in sex abuse cases come from the suburbs. It's a problem that can happen anywhere, she says, and parents need to be open with their kids.
"Educating kids as young, young as two years old that no one is allowed to touch you on your private parts," Whittier said.
An advocacy group will be meeting with parents Thursday afternoon at Jack & Jill's Victor location.
Smith is being held in the Ontario County Jail on $50,000 bail and is expected to be in court on Nov. 7.
"The reality is, most people that sexually abuse children, they don't have a record and as sad as it is, some people gravitate to certain positions and certain career paths that focus on children," Whittier said.
But Ott says she believes the accusations against Smith are false. She says the center has a great reputation and she trusts them with her daughter's care.
"I trust Jack & Jill, I do, and my daughter's going to continue to go there. She'll be there tomorrow after school."