State-Paid Babysitter Accused of Sex Assault

Shawn Keck was being paid by the state to babysit the alleged victims, police said.

A Canterbury man is accused of sexually assaulting two girls he babysat nearly 10 years ago.

Shawn Keck, 41, is accused of making the sisters perform sex acts on him in 2004 and 2005. The girls were between the ages of 6 and 8 at the time of the alleged assaults, according to court documents.  The alleged incidents happened while the sisters lived in Norwich and Jewett City.

The accusations came to light in April 2012 when state police were contacted by the Department of Children and Families. According to police, the girls disclosed the sex abuse during a counseling session. They were 12 and 13 years old when they wrote a letter to their mother, during the counseling session, police said.

The girls told police Keck would sexually assault them every time he babysat them.

The victims' mother told police that Keck was paid through a the Connecticut Department of Social Services' "Care 4 Kids" program for his babysitting. The program helps moderate income families cover the costs of child care, according to a state website.

Keck admitted to police that the girls touched him in an inappropriate manner, but denied ever making them perform sex acts on him, according to court documents.

He was arrested in March 2013 and has been held on bond. Keck appeared in court Monday, but his case was continued.

He faces four counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of risk of injury to a minor.

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