Thursday, November 11, 1999

Man charged with molestation

Girl, 3, reports incident at home offering day care

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP — A local man was arrested and his wife's unlicensed day-care operation is being investigated after an allegation that a 3-year-old girl was molested in the couple's home.

        Police Chief D. Michael Kirsch said Wednesday that Norbert L. Rodefeld, 55, appeared Wednesday in Butler County Area II Court on a charge of gross sexual imposition.

        The charge stems from a report of an incident by the Hamilton-area girl to her par ents, who then called police on Friday, Chief Kirsch said.

        The girl told her parents “there was some inappropriate touching” at the home in the 3800 block of Hamilton-Middletown Road, he said.

        Chief Kirsch said that when Mr. Rodefeld was questioned, he made a statement about the alleged offense and was arrested.

        Because a number of children were being watched in the home, police were trying to determine whether any other child had reported being molested.

        “We need to figure out how many victims we have and get these kids some help,” the chief said.

        Police are also investigating the day-care operation run by Mr. Rodefeld's wife, whose name Chief Kirsch did not have immediately available.

        He said the operation was unlicensed, and he thought there were about a dozen children in the home Tuesday evening.

        Susan Faulkner, child-care supervisor for the Butler County Department of Human Services, said anyone who watches more than six children at once — or more than three children under the age of 2 — must be licensed. However, Ms. Faulkner said, she had no information on the Hamilton-Middletown Road day-care operation.

        Chief Kirsch said Capt. Alan Laney was investigating whether child-care regulations or laws were being violated.

        The Butler County Children Services Board (CSB) also is involved in the investigation.

        “Over the course of time, there had been numerous children in and out of this home,” said Bob Bogan, CSB spokesman.

        A CSB investigator was trying to contact parents of the children who had been in the home's care, Mr. Bogan said. The investigator was notifying the parents of they need to make other arrangements for child care.

        The investigator also was trying to determine whether any of the families needed the agency's help, Mr. Bogan said.

        Anyone concerned that their child may have been victimized at the home in the 3800 block of Hamilton-Middletown Road should call Chief Kirsch or Capt. Laney at 887-4400.


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