Childcare worker charged with child molestation

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Jian Feng, 25, a former preschool teacher at the Easter Seals Child Development Center near Chinatown, was arrested and charged with four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault after he allegedly molested two girls under 3-years-old under his care, police said.

Prosecutors say Feng, who has a degree in early childhood education, molested the girls on multiple occasions, including one incident allegedly caught on video. Investigators say they have surveillance video that shows Feng inappropriately touching one of the girls while she was sleeping.

According to the police report, Feng abused one girl on several occasions between November and January. The report says the second victim appears to have been assaulted at least twice, on Nov. 13 and 16.

Investigators say Feng told police he did it because he was curious and because his brain made him do it.

An Easter Seals spokesperson said, "He was removed from the location and will have no contact with children at Easters Seals Metropolitan Chicago. Our first priority is the care and safety of our children. We conduct our background checks in strict conformity with federal, state and local guidelines."

Feng is being held without bond and is due back in court on Jan. 20.
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