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Preschool Teacher Trevor Hruby Accused of Sexually Abusing Toddlers

On Wednesday, February 23, 2022, The Gainesville Police Department (GPD) released information regarding a previously arrested preschool teacher, Trevor Hruby. GPD believes that Hruby, age 23, could have more victims in the Gainesville community after seeing an online advertisement by Hruby offering babysitting services. They are expressing their concerns because, in September 2021, Trevor Hruby was arrested for sexually battering two children while working at A Child’s Dream Preschool in Gainesville, Florida. Hruby was held in the Levy County Jail, then moved to Alachua County.

Hruby’s arrest in 2021 took place after a concerned parent asked to see video footage from the classroom where her 3-year-old was. According to media reports, the parent asked her child how her day was, and the toddler replied that her newly assigned teacher stuck his finger in her vagina during naptime. The video footage showed Hruby approaching the victim during naptime and moving the victim (in her cot) behind a bookshelf, out of the camera’s view. The video showed Hruby sitting beside the victim and moving his left arm near her body. A few minutes later, the victim went to the bathroom; a parent and the school director entered the room while the child was in the bathroom, and Hruby got up and moved around the classroom until the child came out of the bathroom. She appeared to try to avoid Hruby by taking a longer route back to her cot. Hruby then approached her again and knelt next to her for several minutes before getting up and walking away.

The Child Advocacy Center then conducted a forensic interview. Hruby was arrested for sexual battery of a child under the age of 12. According to Hruby’s arrest report, Hruby admitted to massaging the child’s back and bare bottom under her clothing “to help her sleep.” He also admitted to inserting his fingers into her vagina to check for “moisture” and “other fluids” after observing a stain on her pants. During the interview, he also admitted to sexually battering another 3-year-old female in the same classroom. A review of video footage also confirmed that incident. Hruby admitted to being aware of the camera’s ” blind spots ” due to being accused of molesting another child at a different daycare a year prior.

Gainesville Police are instructing anyone that may know Hruby or that has come in contact with him with your child, to contact them immediately. Parents often rely on child daycare instructors for the safety, development, and growth of their children. The daycare employees provide a critical role and take on the role of substitute parents during the school week. It is not unusual for daycare instructors to spend more time with a child than a child’s actual parents.

It is every parent’s worst nightmare, but sexual assaults of children do occur in daycares and pre-schools at alarming rates. Our sexual abuse attorneys are experienced in handling child sexual abuse cases in the daycare setting.

This is not the first case of sexual abuse occurring at a daycare or preschool. If someone you know has been a victim of childhood sexual abuse at a daycare or pre-school, contact our law firm at (954) 614-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

Sexual Abuse of Children in Daycare Centers

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Parents often rely on child daycare instructors for the safety, development, and growth of their child. The daycare employees provide a critical role and takes on the role of substitute parents during the school week. It is not unusual for daycare instructors to spend more time with a child than a child’s actual parents.

It is every parent’s worst nightmare, but sexual assaults of children do occur in daycares and pre-schools at alarming rates. Our sexual abuse attorneys are experienced in handling child sexual abuse cases in the day care setting. Cases of sexual abuse in day care typically involve multiple victims and multiple perpetrators, and use of extreme threats to prevent disclosure. There are documented cases involving sexual abuse by daycare owners, visitors, employees and even child-on-child sexual assault in daycares.  Due to the large amounts of time children spend in daycare and the enormous trust placed by parents in the daycare makes, this setting presents itself an ideal location for opportunistic perpetrators. Tragically, perpetrators in the daycare may seize upon the trust they are given and the tender age of the children to commit sexual abuse and threaten children into silence.

Toddlers and infants are in the most vulnerable stage of life. Parents have an expectation that a daycare will be operated in a safe manner with only licensed instructors and supervisors having access to children. State law regulates the supervisor-child ratios and the amount of training required of all personnel who interact with your children. Daycares should have a written policies and procedure manual which govern every aspect of the daycare operations, from the bathroom use policy, naptime to taking attendance. Tragically, daycares often make the same mistakes as other businesses, including failing to implement or follow proper safety rules. For instance, we have seen cases where daycares do not adhere to proper supervisor-child ratios or they hire staff without ensuring they have been properly certified or maintained continuing education requirements. Even worse, the daycare may hire an employee without conducting the requisite background check or reviewing employment references.  In other situations, daycares allowed untrained visitors or untrained personnel to volunteer and interact with the children. Any one of these violations of safety protocols can lead to dangerous results for your children.

If someone you know has been a victim of childhood sexual abuse at a day care or pre-school,  contact our law firm at (954) 614-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com