The husband of a woman who ran a day-care through her Auburn home was arrested on multiple child molestation charges last week.
Barrow County Sheriff’s officials arrested Richard Paltrineri, 64, of Auburn, on Friday, March 20, after a child who attended SusanSilly Expressions Pre-School Program made a disclosure to its parents, according to the sheriff’s office. Paltrineri’s wife, Susan Paltrineri, operates the state-licensed home day care facility at 1442 Elliot’s Lane in Auburn.
Paltrineri is currently charged with multiple counts of child molestation, sexual battery, and cruelty to children; one count of aggravated sodomy; and one count of aggravated child molestation. There have been multiple children identified as victims at this point. Their ages range from two to five years old, and include both boys and girls.
The investigation began the morning of Paltrineri’s arrest. Sheriff’s officials executed a search warrant at the Auburn residence and day care facility late Friday evening, March 20.
Among items obtained were numerous documents sheriff’s officials believed will contain the identities of former children who were at the facility. Over the weekend, sheriff’s investigators also spoke with family members of known victims.
Investigators are also following up with children and families who may have had contact with Paltrineri or the home day care facility.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.
See more in the April 1 print edition of the Barrow Journal.