A Maryland man who owned and operated an in-home daycare with his wife faces up to 50 years in prison for sexually abusing two young girls who were in his case, reports the Carroll County Times.
Leo Ellis Parker, 73, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of a minor Monday in Carroll County Circuit Court.
Each count carries a maximum of 25 years in prison.
According news release by the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, prosecutors will be seeking “a lengthy period of incarcerations.”
Parker has been jailed at the Carroll County Detention Center since his arrest last December and will remain there until his sentencing, which is scheduled for Dec. 8.
As a part of his guilty plea, Parker admitted to sexually touching the girls, ages 4 and 6, and had the girls touch him.
The two girls also told investigators that Parker showed them pornographic materials while attending the day care.
According to the news release, Parker has opened and operated an in-home licensed day care “Parker Daycare,” with his wife, Josephine Parker.
The Maryland State Department of Education, which licenses home child care businesses, suspended the day care in December when it was alerted of the potential charges.
It is difficult for me to believe that there would be only two victims after 40 years of access to children. If there are other victims out there, I hope they come forward and get the help they need to begin their healing process.