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Former Del. Day Care Owner Charged with Sex Crimes

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William Semonavick Jr. William Semonavick Jr.
DOVER, Del.- Delaware State Police have arrested a 67-year-old Dover man accused of sexually abusing two children at a residential day care he owned and operated in the late 1990s. 

William Semonavick Jr. turned himself in to detectives on Friday, Feb. 20, at Troop 3, where he was charged with three counts of first-degree unlawful sexual intercourse, two counts of second-degree unlawful sexual contact and continuous sexual abuse of a child. 

Police said Semonavick's arrested stemmed from an investigation that began in January when two females came forward to report they had been sexually abused while they attended Village Kids Daycare Center, located at 1460 John Clark Road back in the late 1990s. According to investigators, one of the females was 4-years-old when she attended the facility from approximately January 1996 until her parents withdrew her in March 1997. Police said that during that time period, it was alleged that Semonavick had sexually abused her on at least three different occasions. 

The second female was 6-years-old and had experience similar experiences with Semonavick while she attended the daycare between November 1998 until December 2000, according to police. 

Police said Village Kids Daycare is currently closed and records indicate it was licensed from 1995 until 2008. Authorities said the two females, who are now 22, contacted state police after both had confided in one another about their similar experiences while attending Semonavick's facility.

Following his arrest on the aforementioned charges, Semonavick was released on $13,000 secured bond.

Police said because of the sensitivity of this case, and in consideration of the victims, only limited information will be released.

Police are asking anyone who believes they have been a victim to Semonavick to contact Detective P. Surowiec at (302) 741-2814. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

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