Man, 67, charged in sex assaults Charges involve two girls at his wife's day-care home.

May 15, 1991|By Laura Lippman and William B. Talbott | Laura Lippman and William B. Talbott,Evening Sun Staff

A 67-year-old man is in City Jail today, charged with sexually assaulting two girls at a northeast Baltimore day-care home run by his wife.

The man, Arthur A. Vaughn, of the 1700 block of Homestead St., was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail on charges of rape, child abuse and other sex-related offenses.

The charges involve two girls, one who allegedly was assaulted over a four-year period, from 1985 through 1989. This case was first reported to police April 16 of this year, and Vaughn was arrested April 29.

The day-care home's license, registered in the name of Vaughn's wife, was suspended in an emergency hearing April 17, Roberta Ward, assistant director of the state's child care administration, said today.

Sue Fitzsimmons, a spokeswoman for the city Department of Social Services, said she cannot discuss specific cases, but said policy dictates that children be removed from day care immediately when abuse is alleged.

A second case surfaced early this month and Vaughn was arrested a second time Monday. The girl in this case allegedly was sexually abused and assaulted last year, over a period of several months.

While the first case is alleged to have happened while the girl was enrolled in the day-care home, the second girl is believed to have been assaulted while visiting the home, Ward said.

In the first case, Vaughn is charged with two rapes while armed with a knife, a third-degree sex offense and child sex abuse. The second case includes charges of child sex abuse, a third-degree sex offense and assault.

Trial dates for the two cases have been set for May 30 and June 13.

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