Daycare worker, 23, confessed to sexually abusing 23 children

A 23-year-old daycare worker has confessed to  sexually abusing 23 children.

Joshua Ritchie, from Idaho, is charged with  lewd conduct with a child and is being held on $2.5 million bond.

Ritchie was arrested on August 21 after a  five-year-old boy reportedly told his parents that he was sexually  abused.

Arrested: Joshua Ritchie was arrested on August 21 and admitted to sexually abusing 23 children aged five to 12

Arrested: Joshua Ritchie was arrested on August 21 and  admitted to sexually abusing 23 children aged five to 12

Ritchie worked at Cornerstone Childcare in  Nampa about 20 miles outside of Boise and was also a kitchen staff substitute  for the Nampa School District and at the Idaho Arts Charter  School.

Prosecutors told Judge Brian Lee during a  hearing on Wednesday that Ritchie told investigators he’s sexually abused 23  kids between the ages of five and 12.

He is also accused of abusing some members of  his family.

Ritchie’s attorney, public defender Bill  Schwartz, did not immediately return a phone call.

According to  the Idohoan Statesman, Canyon  County investigators are still fielding calls from people who are concerned  their children may have had contact with Ritchie.

Kieran Donahue, chief criminal deputy at the  Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, said: ‘We’re still determining the validity of  the allegations. I’m not disputing what victims have said, but the investigation  is still ongoing. It’s presumed innocence until proven guilty.’

Investigators also found child porn on his  home computer.

Ritchie also worked as a kitchen staff  substitute for the Nampa School District and at the Idaho Arts Charter  School.

He faces life in prison.

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