Crime & Courts

Former day care owner charged with sexually abusing child

A former day care owner is accused of sexually assaulting a child in her care, and Anchorage police are concerned there could be more victims.

In early October, the Anchorage Police Department received a report from a parent that 35-year-old Marcela Orand, the owner of the home-based day care Little Monkeys, had sexually abused a girl sometime between October 2011 and June 2014.

In a criminal complaint in the case, an APD detective wrote that the child, now 5, told her mother Orand sexually abused her. On Oct. 29, the child was interviewed at a child advocacy center and again stated that Orand sexually abused her, the complaint said.

A search warrant was granted for the child's mother to record a conversation with Orand. In the conversation, Orand admitted to the sexual assault, the complaint said.

APD went to the day care on Nov. 4, where Orand admitted to investigators that she had abused the child several times on the diaper changing table and in the children's play area, court documents said. During the interview police noted "several children" playing in the play area.

Police ultimately arrested Orand and charged her with second-degree sexual abuse of a minor in mid-November.

Court records show Orand has since been released on $10,000 bail.

Investigators believe there could be additional victims. Police urge any parents who used Orand's child care services to speak with their children, and if they believe abuse has taken place, to contact police at 907-786-8900.