Police arrest Gaithersburg KinderCare worker for inappropriately touching 3-year-old

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department arrested a KinderCare working for inappropriately touching a three-year-old girl.

According to police, Raul Teroy Tuban, 56, was arrested at his home on charges on sexual abuse of a minor and one count of third-degree sexual offense back on July 14th.

He was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

The arrest comes from an eight month investigation, where police learned that on October 22, 2016, the girl was taking a nap at the KinderCare center and awoke to Tuban touching her inappropriately.

Later that day, police say the victim reported Tuban’s inappropriate contact to a family member. The family member notified KinderCare, but police say detectives were notified of the allegations until late November.

DCW50 stopped by Tuban's home and spotted him outside wearing his KinderCare t-shirt.

He didn't respond to any questions and said to "talk to his lawyer."

Tuban worked as a cook and drove for the center for 13 years, according to police.

Police say they are releasing the information in order to determine if any other juveniles were victimized by Tuban.

"That's due to the fact he would have had access to be around several children during the course of that time period," says Rick Goodale, a Public Information Officer for the Montgomery County Police Department.

"They’re trusting that the people who work at those facilities are going to take care of their kids, so there’s that violation of that inherent trust on a parents part when something like that happens."

A spokeswoman for KinderCare released a statement, saying:

"Our goal is always to do what’s best for the children in our care and to provide every child with a caring, nurturing place to learn and grow. We are fully committed to maintaining a safe and caring environment for our children.

We take all concerns about our teachers and staff seriously and follow a very specific protocol anytime an allegation is raised. It has always been our practice, including in instance, to report any allegations concerning our staff to state licensing and local police and to cooperate with state agencies as they investigate allegations.

When we learned of the allegations against Mr. Tuban, he was immediately place on administrative leave. All of our teachers must pass a state and national background check during their hiring process. If those checks reveal any reason to be concerned about an employee’s behavior toward children, we have protocol we follow."

Detectives are requesting that parents of juveniles who attend/attended the KinderCare Learning Center talk to their children about their interactions with Tuban and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

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