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2 more lawsuits filed against La Petite Academy based on sexual abuse of children

Mark Mays was convicted of sexually abusing children.

A local daycare is now in more hot water. La Petite Academy is now facing a total of four lawsuits.

That's after hiring Mark Mays, who was convicted of sexually abusing children.

The lawsuits allege the following:

  • La Petite Academy daycare hired Mark Mays without doing a proper investigation of his prior employment.
  • Mays was fired from two previous daycares for repeatedly crossing boundaries with children; and
  • Mays sexually abused the two infant girls while changing their diapers.

The complaints include the following:

  • In 2011, Mays was fired from the Saint Andrews Children’s Enrichment Center for repeatedly crossing boundaries with children by putting kids on his lap.
  • In 2014, Mays was fired from Millard Public Schools childcare program Kids Network for repeatedly crossing boundaries with kids by putting kids on his lap, holding kids and inviting a young girl to his home.
  • In 2015, La Petite Academy daycare hired Mark Mays without doing a proper investigation of his prior employment
  • Mays was caught holding and kissing a little girl shortly after being hired by La Petite Academy but was not terminated at that time.
  • After Mays was caught sexually abusing a little girl at another school, Little Hands, Mays confessed to abusing several children including Jane Doe No. 3 and Jane Doe No. 4.
  • Police discovered photographs of little girls being sexually abused on May’s computer.

“The allegation of having a man at a day care without doing a proper employment background check is dangerous,” said Jeff Herman, the attorney for the victims in this case. “Children must be protected.”

La Petite Academy issued the following statement:

"Mr. Mays worked for La Petite Academy for less than 4 months in 2015. He was then hired by another childcare provider, and was subsequently arrested as the result of allegations made at that provider in 2016.

To our knowledge, nothing of the nature in the allegations occurred at La Petite Academy.

We take our responsibility as caregivers very seriously. Our strict protocols of care meet or exceed state and federal requirements. Our staff undergoes state mandated background checks, and our employment practices comply with state and federal requirements.

In Nebraska, there are mandated pre-employment checks of criminal history, the registry of sexual offenders as well as the state abuse and neglect central registry. These were completed with regard to Mr. Mays and no offenses or other violations were noted in the background checks.

Providing a safe and nurturing learning environment remains our top priority."

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