Man charged with abusing girl at Md. daycare

WASHINGTON — A man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with sexually abusing a five-year old during the child’s nap time at a Silver Spring daycare.

Manuel Aguilar-Morales, 55 of no given address, helps at his daughter’s home-based daycare facility, called Ariana’s Learning and Play Family Child Care, in Silver Spring.

Aguilar-Morales is charged with the sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of second-degree sexual offense and two counts of third-degree sexual offense.

The charging documents in the case say that Aguilar-Morales would lay down with the five-year-old girl during nap time and touch her. When the girl tried to remove his hand from her, he would laugh at her and would not remove his hand.

Aguilar-Morales has denied ever touching the child, the documents say, and during his interview with police he changed his story several times.

He’s out on bond and has a preliminary hearing June 5.

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