The former owner of a new defunct daycare center and gymnastics facility in New Milford surrendered to police over allegations he sexually assaulted two young children.
David Amory, 48, of Brookfield turned himself into police Tuesday morning and was charged with two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and illegal sexual contact with a victim less than the age of 16.
Police said the charges stem from two separate incidents involving two different children. One incident occurred in January 2011 and the other happened in June 2012.
Amory, who once owned the Top Flight Gymnastics Center, was arraigned at Superior Court in Bantam Tuesday morning. Court warrants are sealed for 14 days.
According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Amory voluntarily surrendered his license to run a daycare in June 2012, which is the same time the second allegation surfaced. Amory received his license in 2002.
Amory surrendered his license because of an investigation involving the health, safety or welfare of children attending the facility, DPH officials said. Public health violations included providing false statements, notifications of change, program policy, staff records and personal qualities.
"I think it's an outright shame," said Jim Zuklie of Sherman. "A situation like that is still innocent until proven guilty, but the nature of that situation really turns me."
Zuklie was not the only resident concerned about the charges against the father of two.
"Everyone has to wait and see, wait and see. The situation is nobody is guilty until proven," said Beverly Devingo of Sherman. "It's a terrible charge. I would hope it never happened but we'll see."
Amory, who was released on a $20,000 bond, was ordered to obey a full contact protective orders and cannot be left unsupervised with children under 18 except for his own.
Both cases were transferred to Superior Court in Litchfield on Oct. 23.
Amory's attorney did not return multiple calls by Eyewitness News for comment.
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