VALLEJO (CBS SF) – The son of the operators of a Vallejo day care center has been rearrested on molestation charges, Vallejo police said Monday.

Samuel Cowper, 30, turned himself in at the Solano County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday afternoon, Sgt. Jeff Bassett said.

He was booked into Solano County Jail and is being held on $90,000 bail on charges of committing lewd acts with a child under age 14 and possession of obscene materials depicting a minor engaging in or simulating sexual conduct.

Cowper’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 25.

Cowper is the son of Charles and Mary Cowper, who operated Mary’s Daycare at 1363 Elliot Drive.

The California Department of Social Services suspended the day care center’s license in December when Cowper was first arrested on suspicion of inappropriately touching a child who had attended the day care center, now 13, when she was between 3 and 7 years old, and taking nude photographs of an 8-year-old girl.

Department spokesman Oscar Ramirez said the allegations against Mary’s Daycare include allowing Samuel Cowper to reside at the facility without a background check, and allowing children to have access to dangerous objects, including a knife and drugs, on Dec. 9, 2010.

Ramirez said the Department of Social Services is seeking a lifetime exclusion of Samuel Cowper from any licensed day care facility and that the Department intends to suspend the license of Mary’s Daycare permanently.

Cowper was released from jail in December while Vallejo police further investigated the allegations, Bassett said.

He was rearrested Thursday on a warrant related to alleged offenses against the same victims, Bassett said.

Police are looking for any other past clients of Mary’s Daycare who might be affected by the case, Bassett said. Anyone who believes their child might have been victimized is asked to call Detective John Whitney or Detective Ted Postolaki (800) 488-9383.

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Comments (4)
  1. mscott says:

    Pretty much %100 sure if I went to drop my kid off and this guy was hanging out, I wouldn’t have left my kids there. He looks scary to me.

  2. pics123 says:

    This guy gets only 90,000 bail. Has priors, a violent CONTACT crime with kids DIRECTLY involved. Allowed to live in a daycare even with priors of these ### acts!
    The other guy on the news hacks adult pics and one chick claims she was 14 at the time the pic was taken,…NON violent NO CONTACT crimes in all cases with NO priors- he gets 500,000 bail and they want him to register as a sex offender
    I swear the more I read the more I want to puke. NO FAIRNESS AT ALL!~
    The reason these crimes [see prior post] are not treated wisely or fairly in the system is because one is political and one is sadly what they refer to as ‘typical’.
    The political one draws attention by putting words such as hacking and facebook. All the buzz these days, so people who do anything with this involved don’t get a fair shake AND NEITHER DO VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIME!
    Way to make a name for yourself attorney general. You are leading people who are truly sheople!

  3. Christina Williams says:

    I KNEW IT!!!!! this guy is a sick muther f#@KER… and the sad thing is …. i know him…

  4. Dan Murray says:

    While criminal background checks only identify men and women with criminal histories of sexual offenses one-tenth of one percent of the time, The Diana Screen® identifies an estimated 70% of the men and women who should not be placed into positions of trust with children because they present a sexual risk: either because they have already sexually abused a child or they have a very weak understanding of the strict sexual boundaries required between adults and children.

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