Sheriff’s deputies arrested 58-year-old Timothy H. Snively on child rape and child molestation charges last Friday.
Police say there is evidence that Snively, an owner and operator of Love and Hugs day care in Port Orchard, had sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl multiple times.
The Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families, the state agency that licenses day cares, confirmed that Love and Hugs had been “licensed for over 20 years” at Snively’s home on Yucca Court in Port Orchard. Its license was suspended “immediately” upon notification that Snively was arrested, spokesperson Debra Johnson said.
“The Licensing Division CPS team is investigating and working with law enforcement,” Johnson wrote in an email Thursday.
The state closed the day care last Thursday, Feb. 21, after Snively’s wife, a co-owner, contacted a counselor about the allegations, according to police, prompting a mandatory report to the Department of Social and Health Services. A Google business listing for the day care includes the alternate spelling “Luv & Hugz,” and lists the business as “permanently closed.”
Snively was arrested on Feb. 22 after police interviewed the alleged victim and her family members, the criminal filing states.
A search of Snively’s criminal history in Kitsap County revealed two convictions in the 1970s for theft and malicious mischief charges, both gross misdemeanors.
Rape of a child in the first degree is a class A felony, punishable by up to life in prison.