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Daycare Worker Arrested on Suspicion of Child Sex Assault

Authorities were searching for additional victims of a 20-year-old man accused of repeatedly sexually molesting a girl at his family's daycare center in Lake Elsinore.

Jacob Blas was arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, forced oral copulation of a child, aggravated sexual assault of a child and exhibiting pornographic material to a minor.

Detectives received reports of the alleged abuse at the Rea Family Daycare, which is a single-family home on Bella Aliza, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators found evidence that the victim, whose identity was not released, was molested while under Blas' supervision in 2015, at which time the suspect lived on-site, authorities said.

Blas was taken into custody and is being held at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta in lieu of $3 million bail.

Detectives believe there may be more victims and were asking for parents to speak to their children if they attended the daycare facility within the last few years.

Riverside County Child Protective Services and the California Department of Social Services were alerted to the criminal investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call 951-245-3300. If anyone prefers to remain anonymous, the Sheriff's tip line can be reached at 1-800-950-2444. City News Service contributed to this report.

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