By Cindy Scharr, Delaware County Daily Times
RIDLEY TOWNSHIP >> Police say a 20-year-old township man sexually abused several children who were being cared for by his parents at their Hazel Avenue home.
Anthony Lamey is being held in Delaware County prison in lieu of 10 percent of $100,000 bail.
Authorities say Lamey, whose parents are involved with the foster care of children and also provide babysitting services, molested several children who were in his parents’ care.
“Right now, no foster children are in the home,” said Police Lt. Scott Willoughby. “It would be our contention they never have foster children again, ever.”
Lamey’s parents have not been charged with a crime.
According to the affidavit of probable cause written by lead investigators Ridley Detective Edmund Kienzle and Delaware County Detective Mark Bucci: Lamey assaulted both boys and girls over a period of several years. The alleged victims were all under the age of 12, police said.
When investigators learned of the alleged abuse, they arranged to have Jodi Kaplan, director of the Delaware County Children’s Advocacy Center and child forensic interviewer, speak with several of the alleged victims.
Kaplan spoke with one little girl, who told her when she and her older sister would visit the Lamey house, “Anthony does bad things,” according to the affidavit. The little girl told the interviewer the Lamey exposed his penis to her and her sister as well as other children who would be at the house.
The child also said that Lamey would often try to kiss her and the other children, according to the affidavit.
Kaplan also interviewed the first victim’s sister, who said Lamey would try to kiss her when she was in the house. She also described one incident about five years ago when Lamey exposed his penis to her, according to the criminal complaint.
On Nov. 17, Bucci interviewed a boy who said Lamey fondled his “private area” as well as his buttocks on numerous occasions, both over and under his clothing, according to the affidavit.
The boy also said he witnessed three other children being molested by Lamey, the court document indicates. He described one incident in which he walked into a bedroom and saw a young girl, around the age of 7, naked, lying on top of Lamey who had his hands around her waist, according to the criminal complaint. The boy said he was unsure whether Lamey’s pants were undone or his penis was exposed. He told investigators he was upset by what he witnessed and walked out of the room, the affidavit states.
The boy also told investigators that Lamey played a pornographic video on a device connected to the television and saw pornographic depictions on Lamey’s iPad.
“Foster children are put into an environment that is supposed to be safe and secure while their parents are getting their issues worked out,” Willoughby said. “Instead, they were put into a lion’s den.”
Willoughby also described conditions inside of the Lameys’ home in the 500 block of Hazel Avenue as “horrific,” adding that the investigation is ongoing.
Lamey was arraigned on charges of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old and corruption of minors , both felonies. He is also charged with indecent exposure and open lewdness. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 23.
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Cindy Scharr works the dayside police beat for the Daily Times. Reach the author at firstname.lastname@example.org .