2 additional victims identified after former daycare worker accused of fondling students

- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said they’ve identified two additional male victims, ages 6 and 9, in connection to a case where a former Ballantyne daycare worker allegedly fondled multiple children.  

CMPD announced on Wednesday, March 15 they signed additional warrants on Joseph Starnes who is still in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers said Starnes will be served the warrants Wednesday and be charged with four counts of indecent liberties with a student by a teacher and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Related: Former Charlotte daycare worker accused of forcibly fondling multiple students

Starnes was taken into custody last week after he was accused of forcibly fondling an 8-year-old and a 7-year-old who were in his care while working at Primrose School of Ballantyne.

Former teachers of the school have come forward and told FOX 46 Charlotte the school was aware of the inappropriate touching, and reportedly did nothing.

The two former teachers said they told administration about Starnes' behavior toward children long before he was arrested. In fact, they said the state was called out to the school in September 2016 and interviewed Starnes and other teachers about the allegations. 

The state told FOX 46 Charlotte their findings were unsubstantiated, and therefore kept confidential. 

Primrose received two administrative action notifications, meaning the daycare administration had 30 days to make the situations right and be in compliance with the law. One alleging a child was neglected due to improper supervision after the 2-year-old was left alone on the playground. 

A second administrative action was sent out on January 24, 2017 alleging a staff member grabbed a 1-year-old child by the arm, yelled and hit him in the head. That staff member was criminally charged with assault on a child under the age of 12. 

The action letter also states two staff members dislocated a 1-year-old's elbow while changing the child's diaper. 

FOX 46 Charlotte also dug up the daycare's child care license issued by the State Department of Health and Human Services. Primrose of Ballantyne received a one star - and a total of 0 out of 15 points. 

Related: Former daycare employees speak out about alleged inappropriate touching

This case remains open and active.

Anyone with information concerning these cases or the suspect is asked to call Detective O’Dell 704-336-4466. 

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