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Man Charged On Suspicion Of Child Molesting Worked In Walnut Creek

23-year-old Anthony D'Tiole worked at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church as a Sunday School teacher since 2011.

By Bay City News Service

A man charged with molesting multiple children was employed at childcare centers and churches throughout Contra Costa County over the past two years and as recently as last week.

Anthony D'Tiole, 23, is being held at county jail in Martinez on $5.6 million bail and has been charged with four felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 years old, according to county records.

The 23-year-old was arrested at a KinderCare facility in Clayton on April 18, where he had been working for two days.

KinderCare corporate spokeswoman Colleen Moran said D'Tiole was immediately fired and was never left alone with children during his brief time at the facility.

He also passed a background check before being hired and did not have a criminal record, she said.

"It's paramount to us that we hire employees that are caring and thoughtful because parents entrust us with the most important people in their lives...and its important to us that we maintain that trust," she said.
          
According to his LinkedIn profile, D'Tiole has held childcare jobs at locations throughout Contra Costa County since graduating from Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga in 2011.

In the online profile, the suspect said he was hired as a Sunday school teacher for first and second grade children at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church in 2011.
          
Morgan Murray, the church's pastor, said D'Tiole worked at the church up until a week ago and is no longer employed there.
          
"To the best of our knowledge, none of the allegations are connected to Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church," he said, noting that he had been advised not to comment on the matter by the church's legal counsel.
          
Representatives from Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Lafayette, where D'Tiole was employed from 2010 to 2011, were not available for comment today.

Walnut Creek police Lt. Steve Gorski said a police investigation is ongoing with the collaboration of Orinda police and other neighboring agencies.

He said police believe D'Tiole, who also worked as a babysitter, may have victimized other children in the area.
          
"We're looking for additional victims, just because he has had so much access to young children," the lieutenant said. "We're casting a wide net to make sure any potential victims out there know what's going on and have the ability to talk to our detectives."
          
He encouraged parents whose children have had contact with D'Tiole to talk to their kids and report anything suspicious.
          
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Walnut Creek police at (925) 943-5874.

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sharon May 03, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Oh my days. That's my kids school.
KAC May 03, 2013 at 02:58 PM
"KinderCare corporate spokeswoman Colleen Moran said D'Tiole was immediately fired and was never left alone with children during his brief time at the facility." Looks like they're already doing damage control...never alone with any children? Are they sure? Kind of ironic that Patch is running ads for KinderCare...
SR May 03, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Seems you can't trust anyone anymore. Kids being molested at the Lesher Center, Northgate High, daycare centers and there was rumor of a teacher fired for a sexual teacher/student relationship at Las Lomas.
michael frederick May 03, 2013 at 10:48 PM
If things are as KinderCare says and they did a background check, I don't see how anyone can fault them. One should also appreciate that they fired the individual as soon as they became aware of the situation: "It's paramount to us that we hire employees that are caring and thoughtful because parents entrust us with the most important people in their lives...and its important to us that we maintain that trust," she said. Other public institutions should probably play to those standards, in regard to children and all matters of public trust. Its not just about impropriety but, not seeking to legally parse in order to promote an appearance of putrid impropriety as OK, simply because the public can't prove that it isn't in court.
Roger Fritz May 04, 2013 at 01:00 AM
I'm glad our city leaders and council are on top of this. There actions thus far: Cut our police school resource officers that often deter violence, drugs and sexual abuse in our schools so they can save money to pay for bloated arts budgets that fund city programs where children are molested while city leaders cover it up. Thanks for your service.

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