Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero said the information in this case came to light after an alert and concerned mother came forward with information from her daughters on Oct. 28.
Povero says the girls, who are under the age of 11, were interviewed, and that's when Sean Smith, 43, was brought into the Sheriff's Office for questioning.
"He did make admissions consistent with the disclosures and was subsequently arrested for sexual abuse in the first degree," Povero said.
Povero says one of the daughters was made to touch Smith's private parts. The other daughter was at the very least, a witness.
Smith has worked at the Jack & Jill Child Care Center for six years as a child care aide helping instructors. In a statement released Wednesday by the director, Smith underwent background checks and was cleared to work there. He has no apparent criminal record.
Shelley Ott’s daughter has been at Jack and Jill for three years.
"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," said Ott.
But it's that sort of thing that worried George Rimmel. He said he would drop his daughter off at the center in the early morning hours and there was only one adult there with her.
"I was in the Children’s Ministry for 13 years in Florida and that was one of the things that we all came together as, that there would be no time you’d be left alone with a child.
Yeah, there are state guidelines but you also have to apply common sense," Rimmel said.
Barbara-Ann Mattle with the Child Care Council says while not common, there are times in the early morning hours, or later in the evening, that only one employee at a daycare facility may be with children. That's not a violation. The number of adults at a center is determined by the number of children around and their ages.
Povero believes there were no other adults around at the time of the alleged abuse and that it happened in a more isolated area of the center. They're also looking to see if there are any cameras inside.
Povero says they don't believe there are any other victims at this time, but they’re not sure. They’re asking any parents who have any suspicions or any information to come forward and contact investigators.
There are also child care advocates working with the center and they welcome any parents who want to talk to contact them.
"A strong message is not to be alarmed and to not alarm your children," said Jennifer Brownell, Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes. “We ask parents to just love your children and support your children, but if you have any concerns at all, please feel free to reach out to us.”
We reached out to the director of Jack & Jill Child Care again Thursdayay but did not hear back.
Smith is still in jail on $50,000 cash bail and is due back in court next week.
If you would like to speak with Ontario County Sheriff’s investigators, call (585) 396-4638.