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Husband of daycare operator pleads not guilty to molestation charges

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Shelltown man accused of molesting three young siblings enrolled in his wife's home day-care service pleaded not guilty Friday to four felony sexual assault charges.

Hector Herrera, 52, was ordered held on $500,000 bail.

The defendant is charged with one count of oral copulation on a child under 10 and three counts of committing a lewd act on a child. The charges include multiple-victim allegations.

Herrera faces consecutive life terms in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Claudine Ruiz.

The case came to light last weekend, when a 4-year-old girl told her mother about allegedly being molested several days earlier by Herrera at Shining Stars Daycare in the 3900 block of Boston Avenue, SDPD Lt. Rudy Tai said.

The youngster's two brothers, ages 6 and 8, subsequently alleged that they also had been inappropriately touched by Herrera, the lieutenant said.

Herrera's wife apparently was unaware of the alleged crimes and is not considered a suspect, according to police.

Her business has been closed pending the results of an investigation by the Community Care Licensing Division of the state Department of Social Services, which monitors day-care facilities.

Judge David Szumowski ordered Herrera to have no contact with the alleged victims.

A readiness conference was set for June 1 and a preliminary hearing for June 3.

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