Day care owner's son faces additional child sex abuse charges

Quinlyn Harden mug shot courtesy Polk County Jail

INDEPENDENCE, Ore. – An Independence day care owner’s son, who was already indicted on three counts of child sex abuse, is now facing additional charges after two more victims came forward.

On June 7, Quinlyn Harden, 24, was indicted on three counts of first-degree sex abuse, one count of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of sodomy in Polk County.

According to the indictment, the sodomy charge is connected to an incident that occurred between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2012. The court document alleges that Harden engaged in oral sex with a child under 12 years of age.

The indictment says the sex abuse also allegedly occurred in the same time period with a girl and a boy under the age of 14.

Harden’s bail is set at $300,000.

The day care’s license was suspended in late January after state regulators found that Ceola Harden didn’t put her son’s name on the State’s Central Background Registry as required by law since he had access to children at the day care.

In a suspension letter, state regulators found Quinlyn Harden had unsupervised “access to child care children” creating “a serious danger to the public” because that “places child care children at risk.”

State investigators also say, in a report, that Ceola Harden told children “not to tell their mom” about anything happening inside the day care, promising the children ice cream.

One parent, speaking on the condition that they not be identified, says they took day care child sex abuse allegations against Quinlyn Harden to Independence police over a year ago.

“We were both furious. We wanted it to end and it got investigated and it was unfounded. I guess the police department, the detective, said he passed a polygraph test and so they just dropped it,” said the parent who believes three of his children were abused. “Any allegations, it should be, hold on, we’re not doing business until we figure this out. So for this to keep on going and then for more kids to keep on, it’s just, it’s not right.”

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