Daycare provider arrested for sexual abuse

Daycare provider arrested for sexual abuse
By: Carly O'keefe

MT. VERNON, IL --A licensed home daycare provider is behind bars for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor. Police arrested 49-year-old Mike Joslin of Mt. Vernon on charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The daycare will not be open during the Department of Children and Family Services' investigation into the allegations. Joslin surrendered his day care license to DCFS until that investigation is complete.

The victim reporting the alleged abuse is a 14-year-old girl that Joslin knew well and spent time with at his home where he also operated a daycare for younger children.

While a criminal investigation is ongoing, at this point police do not believe Joslin sexually abused any of the children who spent time in his home specifically for daycare.

"Not against any children at the daycare. We don't have any evidence to support that, but if there was abuse there, we don't know about it. We do have evidence to support that he was physically or sexually abusing her," said Mt. Vernon Police Chief Chris Mendenall.

Police say the girl told a school social worker that Joslin molested her over a period of time. The social worker told the school resource officer and Joslin was arrested by Mt. Vernon Police Wednesday.

Joslin has no previous record as a sex offender; however he was arrested last December on charges of domestic battery involving his live-in girlfriend.