By Russ McQuaid
TIPPECANOE COUNTY (Sept. 22, 2014) – An employee at a West Lafayette daycare has been arrested on child pornography charges.
Adam Justice, 24, worked at his parents' West Lafayette day care and lived at their house. He is now charged with six counts of child exploitation and possessing child pornography.
The attorney for Just Us Kids said Justice's parents are stunned by the charges, which are not related to their business or the children in their care.
"We take the charges against our employee very seriously and we're reassuring the parents that nothing inappropriate has happened at this location or the school or with his employment or any of the local children at all," said Wayne Szulkowski. "I can tell you that we were first advised of the execution of the search warrant at Mr. Justice's residence, at the school and at this facility here simultaneously yesterday morning."
Justice was a before- and after-school counselor, along with at least five other adults, for approximately 40 children per day at Burnett Creek Elementary School where school officials also said that a sweep of their building by detectives failed to turn up any link to the investigation.
Lafayette police detectives linked Justice to the viewing of videos depicting the abuse of 6-year-old girls and toddlers.
During an initial hearing inside the Tippecanoe County Jail, attorney E. Kent Moore told the court that his client was cooperating with investigators and had taken a polygraph examination.
Bond was set at $25,000. A trial date was set for January.
Justice's father told the magistrate his son was welcome to come home and would be under his supervision if released from custody.
Just Us Kids sent emails to parents Sunday night advising them of the arrest.
"It was brought to our attention and we were cooperating with the investigation and it did not involve their children and that their children at all times were safe," said Szulkowski.
There is no indication at this time that the children depicted in the videos allegedly viewed by Justice are from the Lafayette area.