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Prosecutors say accused rapist took explicit photos at Amherst day care

Heather Koon

Heather Koon

Prosecutors say a woman accused of molesting toddlers at an Elyria day care took sexually explicit photographs of children in her care at a second facility, Country Day School in Amherst, according to newly released court documents.

Heather Koon is accused of raping four children she was supposed to be caring for at ABC Kidz Child Care Center in Elyria. At the time of her arrest in October, she was employed at Country Day School, 45960 North Ridge Road.

Prosecutors on Thursday filed documents outlining their case against Koon, which includes accusations that she raped four children at ABC Kidz from March 28 through April 2, and that she took obscene photos of a 1-year-old child at ABC Kidz and of a 3-year-old child at Country Day.

Those pictures were then sent to Koon’s fiance, James Osborne, who also is facing several charges related to the rapes, prosecutors said.

Osborne, a registered sex offender, was arrested Sept. 26 at Koon’s home. Police said that at that time, a sexually explicit photo of a preteen was found on his iPhone.

Osborne’s attorney, Mike Duff, has said his client downloaded the picture from the Internet and wasn’t involved in the rapes Koon is accused of committing. Prosecutors say, however, that Koon videotaped the sexual assaults, which allegedly occurred in the employee bathroom of ABC Kidz, and then sent the videos and pictures to Osborne.

According to the documents filed Thursday, prosecutors say Koon tried to erase information on Osborne’s phone with the Find My iPhone application after his arrest, knowing that an investigation had begun.

Michelle Lucas, the owner of Country Day School, said the parent of the child involved in the alleged assault at the school has already been notified, and Country Day School is cooperating with the investigation. She confirmed that Koon was hired in May and worked until her arrest, which she said was the first time she learned of the allegations.

“There were no other children involved,” she said, declining to discuss the investigation further.

Lucas said the school completed a required background check of Koon, who has no criminal history.

Country Day School is an early childhood education program designed for children ages six weeks to 12 years, according to its website.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.