Day Care Worker in Anaheim Arrested in Connection With Sexually Assaulting 2 Girls: Police

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A day care worker in Anaheim was arrested Wednesday in connection with sexually assaulting at least two girls, police said.

Daniel Martinez is seen in a booking photo provided by Anaheim Police officials on Nov. 17, 2016.
Daniel Martinez is seen in a booking photo provided by Anaheim Police officials on Nov. 17, 2016.

Daniel Martinez, 18, of Buena Park, is believed to have had "inappropriate sexual conduct" with two girls, 6 and 7, while working at a licensed facility in the 700 block of South Dale Avenue. Victims' parents told KTLA the suspect worked at Magusa’s Family Child Care and Preschool. 

Lauren Johnson, the mother of one of the victims, said her daughter was examined and there was proof she had been harmed.

The 6-year-old girl told police she had been touched on her privates by the suspect, Johnson said.

“There’s no 6-year-old that’s going to make that up,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the owner of the facility had credentials and cameras at the location and she was assured her daughter would be safe.

“But unfortunately she hired someone who was a child predator, who not only assaulted my baby, but other children,” she said.

The grandmother of the other victim told KTLA the girl was assaulted at the same day care.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, said Martinez took her granddaughter to the bathroom.

“I guess that’s when he touched her," the woman said of the suspect.

The owner did not comment on Martinez's arrest Wednesday.

Martinez was arrested after meeting with Anaheim police detectives Wednesday, officials said. He was booked on suspicion of committing lewd acts with a child under the age of 14 and is in custody at the Orange County Jail. His bail was set at $1 million.

Anyone with additional information about Martinez or if a parent believes their child was a victim, they are encouraged to call the Anaheim Police Department at 714-765-1963.

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