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Affidavits detail case against arrested Keller daycare worker

KELLER -- A 5-year-old boy told authorities that he was ordered to clean up after every time that a child daycare worker performed sex acts on him at a Keller home, according to arrest and search warrant affidavits released Friday.

The boy would have to brush his teeth and shower each time, the affidavit said.

The boy’s mother told police that her son had spent an average of one night per week for the last year with the worker and the boy claimed he was molested every time, the affidavit states.

Police arrested Paul Joseph Lair Jr, 27, of Keller, last week at his Keller home after the boy made an outcry to his mother. Officers seized three tooth brushes from Lair’s home along with trash from a trash can as evidence, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Lair was released on Nov. 27 after posting $100,000 bail with a bond condition that restricts him from contacting children.

He is expected to be charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14, police said. Both charges are related to the 5-year-old boy.

If convicted, Lair faces a maximum of life in prison and a $10,000 fine on each charge.

Lair had been an employee of Apex Academy in North Richland Hills, but he has been fired, police said.

Keller Police Chief Mark Hafner said that academy officials had informed all current and past workers and parents about the situation.

According to the affidavit, here’s how the case unfolded:

On Nov. 25, the boy and his mother were driving home when she told him that he was going to have to stay with Lair on the weekend of Nov. 29-30 in the 100 block of College Street in Keller, the affidavit states.

Hafner said that the mother and Lair had known each other for a very long time.

At that point, the boy told his mother that Lair had performed sex acts on him every time that he had stayed at Lair’s home, according to the affidavits. He had last stayed with Lair on Nov. 10, according to the affidavit.

His mother contacted Keller police on Nov. 26 and authorities began an investigation.

During an interview with a forensic interviewer, the boy said that he was molested on a bed in a bedroom at Lair’s home, the affidavit states.

After the interview, police arrested Lair a few hours later.

The affidavit states that Lair had been working at a daycare center for children and that he had been employed at other area daycare centers for the past eight years.

Hafner said Apex officials have been very cooperative.

“There have been no outcries from kids at Apex or any other daycare center,” Hafner said Friday.

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