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Cops: Brentwood day care co-owner charged with sex abuse

Jose Flores was charged with sexual abuse and

Jose Flores was charged with sexual abuse and child endangerment, police said. Credit: SCPD

A Brentwood day care has been shut after its owner was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl in his care, police said.

Suffolk County police Special Victims Section detectives arrested Jose Flores, 56, co-owner of Little Sponges Family Day Care on First Street, about 1 p.m. Friday at the day care, which is also his home, according to authorities.

Authorities said the alleged abuse occurred sometime this year, adding that the state Office of Children and Family Services closed the day care after Flores' arrest.

Flores is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. He was transported to a hospital for a prior medical condition, police said Friday.

Flores was arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip, where a temporary order of protection was issued and he was held pending a bail of $40,000 bond or $20,000 cash. He is scheduled to return to court Thursday, according to court records. His attorney, Katherine Fernandez, declined to comment Saturday. 

Detectives urge anyone who may have been a victim of the defendant to contact the Special Victims Section through Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477.

With Antonio Planas

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