A Fairfax County man was charged Wednesday with sexually abusing three children at a former in-home day care in Annandale about a decade ago, cases that follow previous convictions for abuse that occurred at the same day-care facility.

Elwood L. Thomas, 35, was arrested at his probation office on five counts of rape, one count of abduction with intent to defile and two counts of aggravated sexual battery in the alleged abuse at the Happy Land Daycare that occurred between 2006 and 2010, police said.

The day care closed in 2012 after Thomas was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery involving children at Happy Land in the 6400 block of Holyoke Drive, police said. Thomas later pleaded guilty in the cases and served a one-year sentence. Thomas lived in the home where the day care was located and briefly worked there.

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In July, police said they learned that three other victims had alleged that they had been sexually abused by Thomas. Thomas was arrested after an investigation. Police said there could be additional victims.

Fairfax County police Capt. Thea Pirnat said the victims only recently felt comfortable enough to come forward.

“Disclosure of sexual abuse is a process,” Pirnat said. “Not everyone is ready to come forward at the same time.”

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