The owner of a home-based day care program in Sangerville has voluntarily suspended operations after her husband was arrested earlier this week for allegedly possessing child pornography.
Pam Daggett, owner of Kreative Kids Day Care on Hudson Avenue in Sangerville, has agreed to temporarily stop caring for other people’s children while state police conduct an investigation of the day care operation, according to John Martins, a spokesman for the state Department of Health and Human Services, which licenses commercial day care providers.
Martins said Daggett voluntarily suspended operations on Tuesday, the same day her husband, Larry A. Daggett, was arrested. DHHS was on the scene the following day, Martins said Friday, and will assist police in the investigation.
Larry Daggett was arrested after police found sexually explicit materials on his home computer, including images of children under the age of 12, authorities said. In an interview on Tuesday, Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said the images had been obtained over the Internet and that it did not appear children from the day care program were involved.
But Sgt. Glenn Lang of the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit said Larry Daggett was considered “high risk” because of the day care operation in his home. Lang said Tuesday that the computer crimes unit had been suspicious of Daggett’s activities since last fall but lacks the resources it needs to investigate all cases in a timely way.
Larry Daggett’s computer was seized Tuesday for evidence. He was taken to the Piscataquis County Jail in Dover-Foxcroft and was released after posting bail. His bail conditions prohibit him from having contact with children under 18 years of age. He is scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday, May 18, in 13th District Court in Dover-Foxcroft.
Diana Bowley of the BDN staff contributed to this report.