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Mother speaks out after day care volunteer pleads guilty on sexual assault charges

Christina Tate said she wanted to be sick the moment she heard of Matthew Case's arrest in Rio Grande, Ohio. Case pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting seven young girls at his wife's in-home day care. (WCHS/WVAH)

A Gallia County, Ohio, man is facing up to 180 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to raping seven young children at his wife's in home day care.

One mother, who nearly sent her child to that day care, spoke out Thursday.

Christina Tate said she wanted to be sick the moment she heard of Matthew Case's arrest in Rio Grande, Ohio.

Case pleaded guilty Thursday to raping seven children from May 2016 to April of this year at an in-home day care.

Tate was rendered speechless thinking of the horrors those 3- to 7-year-old girls endured, but she is more terrified by what could have happened.

"Somebody mentioned that day care to me and it's really frightening that I could have sent my son there and he could have went through that,” Tate said.

She chose not to send her 3-year-old son Brayden, instead choosing another day care.

"If he was at that day care, he wouldn't know better. You know,” Tate said.

Tate said Case deserves the full weight of the law if not more.

"He deserves more than 100 years. You're ruining a whole person's life for the rest of their lives times 10,” Tate said.

In a statement, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the 43-year-old volunteer firefighter was "truly a predator in disguise."

The Ohio Crimes Against Children Task Force said in a statement that the in-home day care did not need to be licensed with the state because less than six children were there at any one time.

The group's investigation began when two children came forward.

Tate hopes the victims can now begin to heal.

"I mean they're children. What are they supposed to think? They're being taught every day and they take stuff in and something like that,” Tate said.

Case will be sentenced May 25 in Gallia County.

DeWine said there could still be more victims who come forward.

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