A Gaithersburg man whose wife runs a Montgomery Village child day care center faces charges of child sex abuse.
On Thursday, Montgomery County police said that last month, David Fernando Javier Zarayasi was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl and a 7-year-old girl who attended the Playing and Learning Family Child Care center on Royal Bonnet Circle.
Zarayasi is charged with 16 counts of sexual abuse and related counts, court records show. He was arrested on March 14, a day after detectives learned of the alleged abuse.
According to Zarayasi’s charging documents, the mother of the victims realized her children had been abused and called police.
The Gazette is not identifying the girls because they are minors and victims of alleged sex offenses.
According to the documents, the 7-year-old alleged victim said that Zarayasi — or “Papa Lindo,” as the children at the center called him — had touched her when she was 4 years old, during the day care’s nap times.
The younger victim told investigators that Zarayasi had touched her several days before, as well.
Zarayasi’s trial is set for Oct. 15. He is currently being held at a correctional facility in Clarksburg on $500,000 bail.
“We intend to plead innocent at trial and prove his innocence,” said Zarayasi’s lawyer, Andy Jezic, adding that he believed incriminating statements Zarayasi made while being interrogated by police were “involuntary” and “inherently unreliable.”
Jezic said Zarayasi is originally from Peru. He has two grown children, Jezic said. “He’s a very nice, soft-spoken guy who has a nice family.”
Reached at home, Elsa Perea, Zarayasi’s wife, declined to speak to The Gazette.