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More alleged child molestation victims come forward against Hanover teacher

Leslie E. Deane Jr (Source: Chesterfield Police) Leslie E. Deane Jr (Source: Chesterfield Police)
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

A former Hanover middle school teacher now faces more charges in a series of child molestation cases dating back 15 years.

A grand jury indicted Leslie Deane Jr. on several counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age of 13. Deane now faces six total charges stemming from three alleged victims claiming he molested them as far back as 2001.

The 64-year-old had been a 8th-grade science teacher at Chickahominy Middle School since 1991, but his employment ended on June 30.

Police began investigating in June after they received a report saying he had "inappropriately touched a juvenile female" on at least one occasion. Police say the girl attends the in-home daycare operated at Deane's home. He was arrested in that case in June on a charge of aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties with a child by a custodian.

It's unclear at this point whether the two victims who have now come forward also attended the day care.

A search of the daycare shows it's a licensed daycare that can hold up to 12 kids, operating five days a week, for newborns up to 12 years old. It's had three inspections since 2015, the last one in January had one violation for essentially having just one person caring for too many children at once.

Police continue to investigate these incidents, wondering if there aren't more victims out there. The group, ChildSavers, says it's important every parents knows what symptoms to look for.

"It's important to remember that every child is different, but when their behavior changes dramatically, you need to start to think what happened to this child and what can we do," said L. Robert Bolling, ChildSavers CEO.

That could mean children acting out sexually or starting to isolate themselves. The group says the important thing is someone notices something's different.

"We're got to create an environment where children feel free to talk about and express the things that are happening to them, so that when these awful events happen in our community we have a way to drive up and get the answer in and get the people who are doing these awful things, off the street," said Bolling.

Deane was scheduled to go before a judge on Monday, but the case was continued until the 29th. If you have any information on this case, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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