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Day care worker accused of molesting girl

Tom Jackman

A Fairfax County day care worker was arrested Saturday as he tried to flee the country, Fairfax police said, and he is being held on a charge that he molested a four-year-old girl.

Police said Siyamand Salehzadeh, 22, of the 7700 block of Lavenham Court in Manassas, worked at the Minnieland Day care center on Compton Village Drive in the Centreville area.

On Sept. 21, Officer Tawny Wright said, police were alerted to allegations that the girl had been sexually assaulted that day at Minnieland. Detectives obtained a warrant for Salehzadeh on Friday, charging him with sodomy.

On Saturday, Salehzadeh was trying to enter Canada from Alexandria Bay, N.Y., at a crossing into Ontario, but was turned away by Canadian authorities because of the Fairfax warrant, the Watertown Daily Times reported.

U.S. Border Patrol officers told the Daily Times that Salehzadeh had a valid U.S. passport, but also his brother's Iranian passport and $2,400 cash.

Salehzadeh was turned over to New York State Police in Jefferson County, N.Y., where he was arraigned Monday and agreed to be extradited back to Fairfax, the Daily Times reported.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  | September 29, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
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Not trying to sound sexist, b/ what GROWN A$$ man, works @ a day care center, anyway? REALLY!?

Posted by: The_Funknician | September 29, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

He could have been a janitor or maintenance worker. Or maybe he just cut the grass. It's unlikely he was a teacher.

Posted by: mercredi | September 29, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I just like pointing out little things but how come no one wants to plog about his legal status? If he were latino people would be all over this. How come no rants about illegal immigration? What, Iranians cant be here illegally?

Posted by: ged0386 | September 29, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Maybe no one who actually read the article is complaining about his immigration status because HE HAS A US PASSPORT AND IS A US CITIZEN. Sometimes, USCs commit crimes too, you know.

Posted by: rob47 | September 29, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I just like pointing out little things but how come no one wants to plog about his legal status? If he were latino people would be all over this. How come no rants about illegal immigration? What, Iranians cant be here illegally?

Posted by: ged0386 | September 29, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse
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Wow, nice try but you have to be legal citizen to have a passport. You have ged in your user name, are you sure you even finished a GED?

Posted by: meatkins | September 29, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Some of you people are really ignorant. First of all, he is a citizen and so is his mother who also works there. Second he was not a janitor or a maintenance worker. Third, please let the facts come out before presuming guilt. I am a parent of a child at that daycare. Yes I am freaked out. Yes I am worried. But I am not jumping to conclusions.

Posted by: justsomeotherguy | September 29, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

usually, people don't flee the country if they are innocent. call me crazy.

Posted by: good1 | September 29, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Why would you even HIRE a 22-yr old MALE to work at a daycare center. These places need to use some commonsense. It is NOT normal for a 22-yr old male to be working with toddlers, if that is the case.

Posted by: joanharlin | September 29, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"Why would you even HIRE a 22-yr old MALE to work at a daycare center. These places need to use some commonsense. It is NOT normal for a 22-yr old male to be working with toddlers, if that is the case."

Maybe he likes kids (not in that way). There are men who wants lots of kids and like them. Besides, in this economy a job is a job.

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows1 | September 29, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

You don't flee the country with your brother's passport if you're innocent. Glad to see CBP is vigilant.

Posted by: nht1 | September 29, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

From IRAN...... I thought they were strict Muslims. he didn't learn anything over there before he came here. Any crime like that is punishable by death. If your right hand does something wrong it is CUT OFF....But then maybe that's why he came here for "freedom" to do as you please and get lax punishment.

Posted by: xrcise | September 30, 2010 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Several of you are extremely ignorant. There is nothing wrong with male teachers in a child care setting. When things like this happen and it's a woman teacher(sadly enough it does happen) no one says ..." why would you let women teach in a child care center". The fact of the matter is if this story is true and he is found guilty he is just a disturbed individual. Don't let one bad apple spoil a bunch. There are a lot of really good male teachers out there. My questions are why was this teacher or any teacher for that matter left alone with the children? There should be a minimum of 2 teachers per class. Are there cameras in that center? Where was the director?

Posted by: regulators20 | September 30, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

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