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Gaithersburg man charged with abusing two children at day-care center

A Gaithersburg man has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing two children in a day-care center, Montgomery County police said.

David Fernando Javier Zarayasi, 66, the husband of a day-care provider in Montgomery Village, was arrested and charged on March 14 with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor, police said Thursday.

No information was immediately available on why the news was announced more than a month after the arrest.

Detectives were alerted to the case by the mother of a 3-year-old girl and a 7-year-old girl. Police said they were abused at the Playing and Learning Family Child Care center in the basement of a residence on Royal Bonnett Circle, where Zarayasi lived.

Zarayasi is being held on a $500,000 bond. Police are investigating whether other children were abused. Anyone with relevant information is asked to call the Family Crimes Division at 240-773-5400.

David Zarayasi (Montgomery County Police)
Nick Anderson covers higher education for The Washington Post. He has been a writer and editor at The Post since 2005.

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