Grants Pass Man Arrested for Alleged Child Sexual Abuse

, Posted: Thu, March 15 2012 at 1:03 AM, Updated: Thu, March 15 2012 at 1:48 AM

A disturbing case of alleged child sexual abuse at a child care facility in Josephine County.  NBC5's Laura Cavanaugh is in Grants Pass with more details.

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Around 10am Wednesday, Josephine County Sheriff's deputies arrested this man, 61 year-old Tommy J. Dunn for alleged child sexual abuse.  Dunn is accused of inappropriately touching three little girls, all of them five years old or younger at this home on Rounds Avenue.  Initial reports of abuse surfaced on March 7th at the Almost Home Pre-School and child care facility in Grants Pass.   The suspect, Tommy Dunn, is the husband of Cheryl, the person that runs Almost Home, which has been open since February of 2009.  Authorities say the business owner's husband molested the children on multiple occasions.  We attempted to speak with Dunn's wife.  But she was not up to answering questions.

 But neighbors we spoke with say they are stunned.

 "I'd be shocked, but you never can tell. Pedophiles look like your next door neighbors," says Lynn Viscetto.

Viscetto says her neighbors, Tom and Cheryl, have always been kind to her and her kids. 

"Very religious.  She home schooled the two children she has. He worked at the church for a while.  She did daycare there. I think that's how her daycare got started." she says.

Since Dunn's arrest, the child care facility has been closed for investigation.  Dunn has been charged with three counts of first degree sexual abuse.  Now all that's left is toys in the yard and unanswered questions about allegations from three little girls.  Police are now asking for your help.  If you believe your child was a victim, you are asked to call Detective Josh White at (541) 474-5153 ext. 3508.

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