NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Police say the 17-year-old intern who was charged with sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl at a Newport child care center is the owner's son.
Lt. William Fitzgerald tells WJAR-TV the teenager is the son of the Tender Care Early Learning Center owner. He says an employee provided police with evidence of the alleged sexual activity.
Police say the incident, in which the teenager allegedly put his hands up the child's shorts Tuesday, was caught on surveillance video.
The center said in a statement it's committed to providing quality child care and wants to reassure parents their children are safe.
The station reports the teen appeared in Rhode Island Family Court on Wednesday and was being held at the Training School.
A telephone message was left for the owner.