The first time a 16-year-old boy was accused of molesting a 5-year-old girl at a Little Haiti preschool was two years ago.
The boy was 14 at the time; he was charged with sexually battery on a minor.
Then in July, another 5-year-old girl at the same school, Bola Childcare and Learning Center, 70 NE 80th Terr., came forward and told detectives he forced her to perform a sex act on him when she was 3, according to police. Once again, the boy, now 16, was arrested and charged with sexual battery on a minor.
“Detectives believe there are other victims,” said Det. Kenia Fallat, a Miami police spokesman said Wednesday. “They have exhausted every avenue and need to make the public aware.”
The boy, whom the Herald is not identifying because of his age, was first arrested on Aug. 4, 2014. According to his arrest report, a 5-year-old girl told investigators she went to the bathroom by herself and the lights were turned off. That’s when he came in. He told her that he would pinch her if she didn’t comply. She said she told him to stop and went back to class.
At the time, he denied the allegations and said he didn’t know the victim.
On July 28, another 5-year-old girl told detectives that he molested her when she was 3, according to his arrest report. She said she went to the bathroom by herself and he followed her. This time, his mother advised him not to speak to the police, the report said.
The center, listed with the state as Bola Childcare and Learning Center, is registered to Sunday Akinbiyi, according to state records. The school has been open since 1997. Calls to the center and Akinbiyi Thursday were not returned.
The Department of Children and Families said Thursday that the agency is “working closely with law enforcement on the allegations surrounding this child care facility, including a thorough child care licensing investigation. The department has investigated this facility in the past and coordinated with law enforcement as appropriate,” a DCF spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at 305-603-6300 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS(8477).