St. Charles County daycare worker accused of child sex crimes

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – An accused child predator is behind bars after St. Charles County authorities received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

According to a spokesman for the St. Charles County Police Department, the county’s Cyber Crime Task Force was notified of a suspected predator working at a local daycare.

Investigators claim the tip identified 19-year-old Rudolph Hlavaty of St. Peters in a text conversation with another individual, indicating that he worked at a daycare.

Police determined Hlavaty was using the daycare’s WiFi to have this text conversation. They located the daycare via their IP address. The county task force went to the daycare and took Hlavaty into custody.

Police claim Hlavaty confessed to having child pornography on his phone and to sexually assaulting a child at the daycare.

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The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Hlavaty with second-degree molestation and promoting a sexual performance by a child. Hlavaty is being held without bond. He’s due in court next week.

St. Charles County Police Cpl. Barry Bayles said investigators were able to take the suspect into custody within six hours after receiving the tip. Police are not identifying the daycare but they said Hlavaty worked primarily in the kitchen area.

“Our Cyber Crimes task force is very active in rooting out and following up on any tips that they receive,” he said.

He said the alleged victim in this case is a four-year-old girl. At this point, police do not believe there are other victims, but the investigation is still ongoing.

Bayles encourages anyone who sees inappropriate images to report them to the police. He also reminds parents to pay attention to any signals from children that someone may have had inappropriate contact with them.

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