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More charges in daycare sex assault case

The daycare on 122nd Avenue has since closed and the house is for sale. - The News/Files
The daycare on 122nd Avenue has since closed and the house is for sale.
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Further charges have been laid against a Maple Ridge man accused of molesting children at his wife's daycare.

Latif Hamad Tata remains in custody on a detention order, and will not be released on bail until he is tried for the crimes.

Ridge Meadows RCMP confirmed six new charges have been sworn against Tata that are related to another victim.

The 37-year-old father of two now faces a total of 12 charges, including four counts each of sexual interference of a person under 16, invitation to sexual touching and sexual assault.

Neil McKenzie with B.C.'s criminal justice branch said Tata was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on Jan. 28.

Tata will most likely stay behind bars until criminal proceedings are concluded.

McKenzie could not say why Tata was detained as the proceedings are protected by a publication ban, but explained that a person can be detained for three reasons under the Criminal Code. They include being a flight risk, a threat to public safety and whether the accused is likely to commit  a criminal offence or interfere with the administration of justice, if released.

RCMP continue to investigate the file and are still appealing for more witnesses or victims to come forward.

Tata's wife ran Shining Stars Daycare on 122nd Avenue until the allegations against her husband surfaced.

The business should not be confused with Shining Stars Montessori Daycare and Preschool in east Maple Ridge.

Police allege the young victims were assaulted while at the Tata daycare, which was run out of the basement of the family home.

The daycare has since closed and the house is up for sale.

• Ridge Meadows RCMP: 604-463-6251

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