Local daycare employee charged with sexually abusing a child

Posted at: 10/30/2013 5:04 PM
Updated at: 10/31/2013 10:23 AM
By: Lynette Adams

Imagine an employee at your child's day care being under arrest, charged with sex abuse. That is a reality Wednesday night for parents who bring their children to a day care in Victor.

News10NBC learned late Wednesday afternoon a worker at the Jack and Jill Child Care Center is accused of sexual abuse.

Sean Smith worked at Jack n Jill Daycare in Victor. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo says Smith has been charged with first-degree sex abuse and sexual contact with the child younger than 11-years-old. He has already been arraigned.

Right now, he's in the Ontario County Jail on $50,000 bail.   
The Director of Operations for the Jack and Jill Child Care Center, Natalie Conciardo, says a background check was performed on Smith before he was hired. Conciardo spoke with our news partner, the Messenger Post. Her statement says the background check included fingerprinting, child abuse and reference checks.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon Conciardo said the Child Care Center is, “Currently supporting law enforcement in Ontario County and will continue to do so.” Conciardo goes on to say, “The safety and well-being of the children in our care is our number one priority. Everything we do is based on that concept.”

Conciardo says Smith was cleared to work at the center in Victor through the State Office of Children and Family Services. The center is located on Framark Drive in Victor.

Patty Donadio has lived near Jack and Jill Child Care Center for the past two and a half years and says she can't believe this news.

“Its kind of surprising in the area because it's a very quiet area. I'm very surprised. I hear the kids outside playing all the time. You wouldn't expect this in this area,” Donadio.

Conciardo tells the Messenger Post counselors will be on hand at Jack and Jill Child Care Center for three hours Thursday to support parents and children.

If you're a parent and have questions you can contact the center at 924-9550 or contact Safe Harbours at (315) 548-3232.

Smith is due back in court November 7, although News10NBC is told a preliminary hearing could happen sooner.