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Police: Sexual accusations against school guard haven't extended to wife's in-home day care

Posted at 10:37 PM, Feb 03, 2020

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed the name of the daycare. WCPO regrets this error.

Police say the sexual accusations against a former middle school security guard have not extended to the in-home day care run by his wife.

Police in Forest Park, Sharonville and Springdale told WCPO 9 Monday that no parents have reported any suspicions of abuse at the daycare in the house where Lamont Baldwin used to live.

Prosecutors said Monday they did not know about the day care Baldwin's wife runs in their home until I called Friday to ask about it. That means Baldwin had access to more kids than prosecutors originally thought.

Four boys from Princeton Middle School, aged 12 and 13, accuse Baldwin of touching their buttocks and genitals between 2014 and 2017, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutor Joe Deters said last week that he wouldn’t be surprised if Baldwin had other victims.

"I don't have any doubt there could be other victims,” Deters said.

Baldwin’s attorney, Clyde Bennett, told WCPO 9 that Baldwin’s wife kicked her husband out of the house when she learned about the accusations against him.

There was no answer Monday at the Baldwin home in Forest Park. The website promoting the day care says kids are in and out full time - from infants up to 12 year olds.

Baldwin, 54, pleaded not guilty Friday to 12 felony charges of gross sexual imposition. He is being held on $500,000 bond.

Prosecutors said in court Friday that Baldwin worked security at Princeton Middle and Princeton High Schools. He was there from 1996 to November 2019 and also served for a time as a wrestling coach. Baldwin also coached kids at Woodlawn Community Center, where he worked from 2000 to November 2019.

Baldwin’s attorney, Clyde Bennett, said Baldwin is not guilty.

“The first order of business is to try to get his bond reduced and get him out and try to move forward. We're going to try this case,” Bennett said.

Bennett said Baldwin's wife can keep operating the day care because she made him move out when she learned of the investigation. The school and community center fired him then as well.

As for the day care, a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office told WCPO 9 that investigators are watching the situation closely.