A day care worker in Queens was arrested yesterday and charged with raping a 4-year-old boy in her care, the authorities said.
The woman, Khemwatie Bedessie, 36, a teacher's aide at Veda's Learning World, in Richmond Hill, is accused of taking the boy into a bathroom during nap time and sexually abusing him, the Queens district attorney, Richard A. Brown, said in an interview last night.
"The charges are very disturbing," Mr. Brown said. "I don't know if I've seen a case like this in my 15 years as district attorney. I feel this child may never fully recover from the emotional and physical trauma allegedly inflicted upon him."
The day care center is in a two-family house on 128th Street, with a playground set up in the backyard and part of the driveway.
Mr. Brown said that the parents called the police after the boy complained about repeated encounters in January and February with the woman, who Mr. Brown said has worked at the center for four years.
The boy was interviewed at the Queens Child Advocacy Center, with medical experts and officials from the district attorney's office, Police Department and Administration for Children's Services observing.
Ms. Bedessie was arrested at her home yesterday afternoon. She was charged with rape, endangering the welfare of a child, and six counts of first-degree sexual abuse. She faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted..........................
Even among the small number of cases involving female sex offenders, accusations like those against Ms. Bedessie are fairly rare, said David S. Finkelhor, the director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.
According to the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics, women committed only 3 percent to 5 percent of all single-perpetrator sexual assaults or rapes in the country in 2003, the last year for which statistics are available.
Most of these females fall into three categories, Dr. Finkelhor said: "Mrs. Robinson"-type older women who seduce teenage boys; mothers who are socially isolated and depressed who take their children into bed with them and molest them; and teenage girls who abuse young children they take care of.
A situation of an adult woman with a very young child "is really unusual," Dr. Finkelhor said
Weird story. She claims the boy seduced her. I've never heard of anything like this before.