Complaint alleges abuse by day care provider's son
A Rochester man has been charged with two felonies after a child who attended his mother's day care business accused him of sexual assault.
Joshua Benjamin Craig, 20, of 5417 Creekwood Court S.E., faces two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct-person under 13. He's scheduled to make his first appearance Oct. 9 in Olmsted County District Court.
The allegations came to light in April, when the victim saw Craig and told his mother about the abuse that reportedly occurred about two years ago.
According to the criminal complaint, the boy told investigators that Craig, the son of his day care provider, would invite the boy to his room and "do stuff." Craig allegedly told the boy if he wanted to play video games, he had to perform oral sex on Craig. The victim said the contact happened twice before he went into second grade, the complaint says.
Craig initially denied the allegation, then went on to say he was 15 or 16 years old and it was a "stupid kid thing," the report says. He said he "jokingly" told the boy he had to perform oral sex in order to play video games, and allegedly said it only happened one time.
Conviction of first-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, a $40,000 fine, or both.