Hawthorne Day Care Operator Charged with Child Molestation

The co-owner of a Hawthorne day care business was charged Wednesday with molesting two girls at the business.

Tito Richard Ruiz, 65, is charged with six felony counts of committing lewd acts on a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl, according to Deputy District Attorney Jodi Link.

Ruiz and his wife operate Ruiz Family Day Care, a licensed day care business in the 4900 block of West 133rd Street, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The older of the two girls told her parents that she had been touched inappropriately, and the parents reported Tito Ruiz, who was arrested by sheriff's deputies Monday.

Ruiz was booked and released the same day after posting $100,000 bail. He is set to be arraigned Dec. 18 in Torrance Superior Court. If convicted, he could get up to 18 years in prison.

Link said investigators were trying to determine if there were other victims.

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