Creche owner at centre of abuse investigation denies wrongdoing

The owner of a daycare centre in Amsterdam which is at the centre of a child abuse scandal has denied any wrongdoing or inappropriate behaviour involving children.

Albert Drent, who has stepped down as head of the Hofnarretje crèche group, said he was not involved in any abuse when he lost his job at a city crèche in the 1990s.
Sleepovers at his home for children leaving the crèche were organised by his ex wife, he told television programme EenVandaag.
‘I made pancakes, we watched a film and the children all went to sleep in the spare room. The next day the parents came and we had a barbecue,’ he said.
Allegations made against chief suspect Roberts Mickelsons were investigated by the police, he said.
Mikelsons is under investigation for abusing up to 64 children while working at three daycare centres in the city and as a babysitter in private homes

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