Daycare worker arrested on child pornography charges
SAN ANTONIO – A daycare worker is behind bars, facing a federal charge of producing child pornography.
If convicted, 29-year-old Nicholas Gonzales Malven could spend between 15 and 30 years in prison.
Sources close to the investigation confirm his alleged victim is a four-year-old boy he was responsible for at La Petite Academy on Spring Time Drive off Babcock.
Malven was discovered by FBI agents while they investigated a suspected child porn ring.
“I’m just so disgusted,” the mother of the alleged victim says.
We’re hiding her identity to protect her son.
"I actually had no idea whatsoever until the FBI showed up at my house,” the mother says.
The criminal complaint against Malven states the FBI searched his phone and found five sexually explicit images believed to have been produced by him at the daycare and sent to another local man. Agents told the mother her son was in the photos.
"They said he was involved in the child porn from one of the teachers and the guy was in jail now,” she says.
"I was pretty sick,” the mother says. “I just didn't even know what to say, what to do from there."
Malven will appear in federal court Thursday morning.
"He should stay in jail forever,” the mother says. “I mean, because there were other kids involved. This wasn't just my son."
The state’s child care licensing division is now investigating the daycare. La Petite Academy’s Lydia Cisaruk gave Fox San Antonio a statement:
We were made aware an employee was arrested. We were deeply disturbed to understand the nature of the charges. This individual is no longer employed by our company.
We have strict policies and procedures to ensure we meet or exceed regulatory guidelines. We do not tolerate any deviation from our standards of care. We are fully cooperating with the authorities in the investigation. We take our responsibility as caregivers very seriously. Our focus remains on providing a safe and nurturing learning environment. Nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of our children.