Man accused of sexually assaulting children he met at unlicensed home daycare in Colorado Springs

John “Jake” Frey / Colorado Springs Police Department
John “Jake” Frey / Colorado Springs Police Department

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — UPDATE: John Frey pled guilty on Tuesday, July 5 to sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust – pattern of abuse. If convicted, he faces 15 to 20 years in prison. His sentencing is set for October 4.

ORIGINAL STORY:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man is accused of sexually assaulting multiple children that he met through his wife’s unlicensed home daycare business in Colorado Springs.

Police said on February 22, they started an investigation into accusations that John “Jake” Frey, 68, had sexually assaulted a child. Officers determined Frey had met the victim through his wife’s home daycare on Congenial Place in Colorado Springs. That’s in the area of Carefree Circle and Oro Blanco Drive. Frey was arrested on February 24.

Police believe Frey also sexually assaulted several other children who were in the care of the home daycare. So far four children all under the age of 10 have come forward but police believe there may be more.

Lt. Catherine Buckley with Colorado Springs Police Department said, “This was an unlicensed day care center out of the home that we know existed for at least ten years and so we have a ways to track back to see if we have other victims.”

Police say Frey was released from custody on bail so FOX21 went to the home to try and get a comment but no one answered the door. Neighbors tell us they had met Frey before and he seemed like a normal guy but they had no idea his wife had a child care business.

“Investigate where your kids are going,” said Buckley. “Make sure that it’s licensed. See what type of agreement you have to have with the providers. If they don’t want you to drop in or if they do things that cause suspicion to you, consider that.”

Police also say to talk to your children about their time at child care, find out what happens while they’re there, what the routine is, and make sure you’re comfortable with it.

Officers said they’d like to talk to more witnesses. Anyone who has had contact with the Freys’ home-based childcare business is asked to call police at 719-444-7000.

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