Mo. man pleads guilty to day care molestations

FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) -- A man pleaded guilty to seven sex-related charges for molesting children as young as an infant at a small day care business his wife operated out of their home.

William Huck, 62, entered the plea Friday to seven charges, softly detailing his crimes in court. He had been scheduled for trial next month but agreed to plead guilty instead.

The victims included five boys and two girls, ranging in age from an infant to a 5-year-old between 1998 and 2007, but authorities have said Huck admitted to molesting up to 40 children over the past three decades.

Huck could be sentenced to life in prison as a sexual predator. His sentencing is set for April 17.

The victims attended the day care operated by his wife at the family's home in Ste. Genevieve, a historic French settlement about 50 miles south of St. Louis. The business did not require a license because of the small number of children there at any particular time.

According to police reports, the abuse happened during times when Huck's wife was away from the center. Huck, a retired railroad worker, had no criminal record. He was arrested in March 2007.

Ste. Genevieve County prosecutor Tim Inman said Huck's wife cooperated in the investigation and wasn't charged.


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