Kendallville daycare operator charged with child molesting

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KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WANE) – A co-operator of a daycare faces a child molesting charge after allegedly touching a child inappropriately.

Robert Neace, 55, is charged with child molesting, a Level 4 felony. Neace and his wife, Viki Neace, run the Junior Jungle daycare at 908 S. State St. in Kendallville.

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Robert Neace, 55. Courtesy of the Noble Co. Jail.

According to court documents, in July 2022, a detective with the Kendallville Police Department was notified by the Department of Child Services (DCS) of a possible child molesting. The DCS indicated that the parent of the child victim said she was touched inappropriately while at the Junior Jungle daycare. A child forensic interviewer at the Bill Lewis Child Advocacy center interviewed the child victim, where she said the following.

In the probable cause affidavit, the child victim said Neace “licked her butt” stating further he does it “all the time,” and Neace licked her in the toy room and in the bathroom.

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