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MA Man who sexually assaulted children at daycare center deemed Sexually Dangerous Person

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A man who sexually assaulted children at a daycare center at Bridgewater State University has been determined to be a Sexually Dangerous Person, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz has announced.

Loughlin was ordered to be held at the Massachusetts Treatment Center in Bridgewater for an undetermined amount of time on Tuesday.

In 2017, Kyle P. Loughlin, now 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of Rape and Abuse of a Child, three counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14 and one count of Larceny From a Building. He was sentenced to serve 7 ½ years in the House of Corrections, to be followed by 10 years of Probation.

Loughlin pleaded guilty to charges that he sexually abused several children between January and March, 2015 while he worked at the BSU Children’s Center, a state-licensed daycare center located on the university campus. Loughlin’s guilty plea prevented the child victims from being called as witnesses in court to testify to the traumatic events from 2015.

Loughlin was scheduled to be released from jail after serving his sentence, on May 17, 2021 before the ruling.

Also in 2017, daycare director Judith Ritacco of Boylston, admitted to sufficient facts for a guilty finding for not disclosing sexual abuse at the day care center and intimidating a colleague not to report. The case was continued without a finding for three years of probation, during which time Ritacco could not work in a supervisory role in any facility that serves children. The Commonwealth had requested that Ritacco be found guilty, serve three years of probation, pay the maximum $1,000 fine, and be ordered not to work in a supervisory role around children.

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