Daniel Harker

More charges for daycare worker after four young boys come forward

by News Staff

Posted Apr 13, 2016 6:19 am EDT

Last Updated Apr 13, 2016 at 12:01 pm EDT

Daniel Harker, charged in sexual assault and interference investigation. TORONTO POLICE SERVICE.

A daycare worker who is already accused of sexual assault is facing more charges after three more young boys came forward.

The new charges relate to alleged assaults that happened between June of 2012 and December of 2015, Toronto police said Wednesday.

Between June of 2012 and December of 2013, the accused allegedly sexually assaulted the same boy twice. He was five years old during one assault, and six years old at the next assault. The two separate assaults took place in the boy’s homes, one in the Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue area, and the other near Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue.

Between September of 2015 and December of 2015, the accused allegedly assaulted an eight-year-old boy he was babysitting. The assault took place in the boy’s home, near Pape Avenue and Dundas Street.

In October of 2015, the accused allegedly assaulted another eight-year-old boy he was babysitting. The two assaults took place in the boy’s home, near Pape and Danforth avenues.

Daniel Harker, 23, was arrested on March 16, and charged with sexual assault and sexual interference. Those charges relate to the alleged assault of a six-year-old boy on March 5, in the victim’s home near Woodbine and Danforth avenues.

At a news conference on Wednesday, police said Harker is facing five more counts of sexual assault, five more counts of sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, and an indecent act.

Police allege Harker advertised his babysitting services online through Care.com.

He also worked as a lunchroom monitor at Pape Avenue Junior Public School, a part-time recreation worker at wading pools and gym classes, a preschool daycare worker at Gledhill Child Care Centre, and also worked at drop-in programs at SH Armstrong Community Centre.

Police believe there may be other victims because the accused had access to other children.

Clarification: This article has been edited to make the ages of the boys, and the time of the assaults, more clear.