CHICAGO (CBS)–An employee at a Hobart, Indiana daycare center operated by a church allegedly admitted to inappropriately touching a 4-year-old child during an incident when he was alone with the child in September.

Joseph R. Hudson, 23, of Hobart, was charged Monday with one felony count of molesting a child under age 14. The toddler allegedly told her father about the Sept. 25 incident that prosecutors said occurred at Hobart Assembly Church Growing Hearts Daycare.


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Hudson was employed by the church as a cook, but had been helping with kids youth programming recently, according to an affidavit filed Oct. 15 by the Superior Court of Lake County’s criminal division. He had passed a background check before he was able to be with the kids, according to court documents.

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In the affidavit, prosecutors allege Hudson brought the child into an empty classroom after she was stung by a bee. He allegedly molested her in the room, while the other two teachers employed at the school were out of the building, court documents show.

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Hudson allegedly admitted to molesting the child when he was confronted by a pastor at the church on Sept. 27.