STANLEY — A former Stanley day care employee already charged with 11 child sex crimes has been charged with an additional 25, authorities said on Tuesday.
Robert Youngblood Kerby, 56, was first charged on Nov. 6 after a girl who attended Carons Care said she had been molested there and at her residence over a period of three to four years, according to interim Stanley Police Chief Derek Summey.
As the investigation continued, a boy and five girls came forward to accuse Kerby, Summey said. Charges include first-degree sex offense with a child, indecent liberties with a child and child abuse sexual act.
The alleged child sex crimes occurred at the day care over a period of four to five years, Summey said.
Kerby and his wife have operated the business in their home for 19 years, according to Summey.
On Nov. 6, the Division of Child Development and Early Education in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services suspended the day cares license.
Summey said that after Kerbys initial arrest police immediately called the parents of the 10 children attending the day care, contacting them at 1:30 a.m. to explain what had occurred.
Later, police interviewed the adults. The children were interviewed by personnel with the Lincoln County Childrens Advocacy Center.
To date, Kerby has been charged with more than 30 sex crimes, but Summey said the number could grow to more than 80. He said police are analyzing digital evidence found at Kerbys residence. The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation.
Kerby is being held in the Gaston County Jail under $8.5 million bond.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Stanley Police Department at 704-263-3819 or Crime Stoppers at 704-861-8000.