SUNNYVALE, CA – Police arrested a 68-year-old man on suspicion of sexually assaulting multiple children at an in-home childcare where he lived.
Jose Cristobal Velandria has been charged with five felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts by force, with the known victims being between the ages of 5 and 8 years old, said a Superior Court clerk at the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
“The children are between 5- and 8-years old; elementary-aged children,” confirmed Deputy District Attorney Murat Ozgur. “The touching that was made was a sexual type of touching.” Ozgur went on to say, “We are concerned because this individual may have had access to other children that were there, and there may be other children who were inappropriately touched by this individual.”
Sunnyvale police first got a report concerning the alleged molestation from the parents of one of the victims, a girl, on September 30th, and began an investigation. They obtained an arrest warrant for Velandria, said police Captain Dave Pitts. Police learned that Velandria was living at the day care center, and that he is a relative of the facility’s owner and operator, Pitts said.
Several parents said aside from Grandpa Touchy, they were happy with the quality of care at Belen’s Childcare Home at 790 S. Wolfe Road. ”It’s really good, she loves the kids,” said Juan Carlos Gonzales who had not heard of the arrest,but still dropped off his 4-year-old daughter. Personally,I’d would’ve called in sick to work and taken my daughter home and started asking questions, that’s for damn sure.
“He’s been here for almost a year and it’s been great for him,” Suraj Ray said of his son. He went on to say his son was thriving at the day care, and that, ”The people are great.” Apparently, not all of ‘em, Suraj. According to neighbors, Velandria was friendly, and they sometimes saw him walking children to the park. Anyone wanna lay odds on how long it’ll take before more victims turn up?
Investigators are concerned about the possibility that there may be additional victims, and urge parents who suspect their child may have been abused to call Detective Michael Mendoza at 408-730-7130. State officials confirmed on Tuesday that the day care still had a valid license, but an investigation was underway.
Velandria had no known criminal record in Santa Clara County prior to his arrest last week. His next court appearance is scheduled for October 15 in Superior Court in Palo Alto.Tags: California, Child Molestation, Crime, daycare, Jose Cristobal Velandria