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Day care molestation case grows

Associated Press
Published July 21, 2005

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - The former director of a church-affiliated day care center who was arrested last month has now been charged with molesting 10 children.

Joshua Palin, 25, was originally charged with molesting two girls, ages 12 and 13, the latter at his Jacksonville home. New charges were added this week after Clay County sheriff's investigators interviewed children who attended the Kid's Palace centers in Orange Park and at Doctors Lake.

The centers were operated by Faith Ministries, a church where Palin's father is pastor. They were closed June 15.

The new charges accuse Palin of molesting youngsters between ages 5 and 14 at the centers during the past year. He allegedly used a twisted game of "truth or dare" to get them to fondle him or each other or perform oral sex on each other.

The Florida Department of Children and Families also is investigating the centers.

[Last modified July 21, 2005, 00:56:18]

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