Woman Arrested At Daycare Charged In 4-Year-Old Local Child Sex Case

By: Matt Howerton Email
By: Matt Howerton Email
A former Central Texas woman charged here four years ago in a child sexual assault that was never prosecuted has been charged again after an investigator and prosecutors took another look at the case.

Kassi Cano (Jail photo)

WACO (September 25, 2012)--A former Riesel woman has been arrested on an indictment warrant charging two counts of sexual assault to a child and two counts of indecency with a child by contact.

Kassi Cano, 27, remained in the McLennan County jail in lieu of $250,000 bond Tuesday night.

In 2009, Cano was arrested in Riesel in connection with the alleged use of a sexual device on a child and was charged with two counts of sexual assault to a child younger than 14.

According to a sworn affidavit submitted for an arrest warrant in February 2009, the victim identified the device from among several that Riesel police seized after executing a search warrant on Cano's residence.

The investigation started on Sept. 18, 2008, when a man took the girl to Providence Health Center after observing vaginal redness and inflammation while changing the youngster's diaper after picking her up.

The man's identity, his relationship to the victim and the name of the person from whom he had picked up the child were all redacted from the affidavit that News 10 obtained.

Cano was arrested on Feb. 12, 2009, charged, and ordered held in lieu of $1 million bond, but current McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna said former DA John Segrest, never prosecuted her case.

"The previous administration had received the case in 2009, and less than a month before I took office, that previous administration refused the case for prosecution for whatever reason," Reyna said.

However, when a detective in the McLennan County Sheriff's Office recently learned that Cano was working at a daycare in McKinney, he presented the case to Reyna.

"This law enforcement official gave me the case, and I felt like there was sufficient evidence to proceed accordingly. We presented the case to the grand jury and they issued a true bill of indictment," Reyna said.

Cano was arrested at the daycare on an indictment warrant and brought back to the McLennan County Jail.

Mary Clark, a guardian of a child at the daycare, was disgusted.

"Oh my gosh, yes that's awful. Shouldn't they screen these people or something?"

In a phone interview, the owners of the daycare denied any wrongdoing.

McKinney police sent a statement saying, “We are aware of the arrest and have contacted CPS to make them aware of where she was arrested. So now we await CPS's investigation. If they find anything they will let us know. We have no information at this time to indicate there is an offense in our city."

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