Wife of Owego Trustee Speaks Out About Sex Abuse Charges

By Kerri O'Hara

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 12, 2006 at 7:14 PM EDT

They were a family like any other.

A mom, dad and twin 10-year-old boys.

Until the day Carol Williams says their lives were turned upside down.

"I don't understand why," said Carol Williams.

Her husband, Owego Trustee Kenneth Williams, was accused of sexually abusing a one-year-old and three-year-old girl.

The alleged abuse happened at Carol's Little Cubby Daycare, which Carol Williams runs out of their home.

The daycare's license has since been suspended and revoked by the New York State office of Children and Family Services.

Williams says the Department of Social Services has come to investigate the now closed daycare four times, twice in the past two days.

Williams calls the investigations harrassment because she says DSS knows the daycare is not operating.

"They made it a point that they were going to come in whether I said no or not," said Williams.

DSS sent a notice to Carol Williams last Friday saying she was being investigated for 18 cases of suspected abuse and maltreatment of children at her daycare.

Williams says the investigation has hit her twin boys the hardest.

"When they see a worker here they are like, 'What do they want now, Mommy?'" said Williams.

Ron Benjamin, who's representing the Williams, says the allegations of abuse stem from a disgruntled daycare worker.

Williams says she received 56 calls in one day from parents who left their children in her care.

She says they all believe she and her husband are innocent.

James Ulrich was one of those parents.

"If Carol asked me to bring my kids back I would do it in a heartbeat. No problem at all. I just think this is rotten," said Ulrich.

Carol Williams will be in court on January 19th for a hearing to decide whether her child care license will be re-instated.

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