Southlake, Texas: In an investigation that has already spanned months, parents are speaking up and expressing concern that there may be more, as of yet, unrecognized victims of 33-year-old Thaddaeus Andrew Davidson of Irving, Texas.
According to a press release issued by the Southlake Police Department on Tuesday, October 11, Davidson was arrested the previous day on two counts of Indecency with a child/ sexual contact. The charges are second-degree felonies.
According to the release, the charges stem from incidents that are said to have occurred while he was working at Carpe Diem, a local daycare.
Davidson previously worked at Lionheart Academy in Grapevine, Texas. He was terminated from that position in July. The school notified parents in a letter that he was let go because he refused to "comply with applicable standards."
The part that seems to have not been disclosed to parents until recently was that there were two credible concerns of child abuse that had been reported to a director of the school, but which had not been reported further.
The director was fired following an internal investigation launched following Davidson's arrest when it was discovered that the possible abuse was not reported.
The school reportedly also discovered other possible incidents involving Davidson that the school stated staff should have reported, but acknowledged that it was unclear if those incidents would have been described as abuse.
Yesterday, October 20, Lionheart Academy held a training session for parents in partnership with Alliance for Children, an advocacy group, to teach parents how to recognize possible signs of abuse and have age-appropriate conversations with their children.
CBSDFW spoke with one parent in attendance, Crawford Jones, who stated that there was a concern that children that were no longer students at the academy may be falling through the cracks.
Crawford had children at the school last year while Davidson was an employee and reported that he only became aware of the investigation after recommending the Academy to a friend who then stumbled upon articles reporting the arrest.
"That's absolutely part of our concern," Crawford was quoted as saying. "Just the fact that, if we wouldn't have been proactive and called up there, would we have ever been notified of this?"
The investigation remains ongoing and the Southlake Police Department is asking that anyone who believes their child may have been in Davidson's care to contact Sergeant D. Green with the Criminal Investigation Division at (817) 748-8134.