Va. teacher charged with sexual abuse of group of 5-year-olds

WASHINGTON — An assistant teacher at a Bristow, Virginia, day care is being held without bond, charged with sexually abusing a group of 5-year-old children.

The investigation began on March 26 when a parent contacted Child Protective Services to report a concern at Minneland Academy in Bristow.

“[She was] basically reporting that her child was possibly sexually assaulted by a staff member, and then that’s what prompted our involvement,” said Prince William County Sgt. Jonathan Perok.

The report of inappropriate touching at the day care launched a joint investigation with Child Protective Services into 27-year-old Taylor Keith Boykin.

“Through our course of the investigation, we will usually conduct interviews with staff and others at the center … and it was during that time that we were notified about potentially three other victims that were involved,” Perok said.

Perok said the victims were all 5-year-old girls.

Investigators said in a release the girls had all been sexually assaulted by Boykin “sometime since March 2017.”

In January 2016, an employee at another Minneland location in Woodbridge, Virginia, was convicted on seven felony counts of child cruelty.

Boykin faces more than a dozen charges, including sexual battery.

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Megan Cloherty

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