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Harvard day care owner faces sex charge

HARVARD – A 63-year-old Harvard man stands accused of inappropriately touching a young girl at the day care business he ran out of his home, according to the Harvard Police Department.

Wendell D. Yancey, of the 500 block of West Washington Street, will appear in court next month on a charge of felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a person under the age of 13.

Authorities received a complaint in late June that Yancey had touched the girl in a sexual manner at his in-home day care center near Washington Elementary School, Police Chief Dan Kazy-Garey said.

An investigation with assistance from the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services led to an arrest warrant. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Yancey on July 15.

The day care business has been closed.

Kazy-Garey said he could not comment further on the case because it is an open investigation.

– Lawerence Synett

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