Sea Air man charged with abuse of a child

July 26, 2013

A Sea Air man was charged June 4 after police said he sexually abused a boy in his care.

James O'Connor of 19798 Center Ave., Rehoboth, was watching the boy while his mother worked.

According to testimony given to the Child Advocacy Center May 24, the child was watching a movie while lying on a bed with O'Connor. Police said the child reported O'Connor told him to move closer; then O'Connor had inappropriate contact with the child.

When the boy tried to move away, O'Connor grabbed his shirt, pulled him closer and continued inappropriate behavior. When the boy later told his mother, she contacted police.

Public Defender Robert Robinson is representing O'Connor, who is charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust.

O'Connor posted bail and was released from prison June 14. A court date has not been set.

Delaware State Police spokesman Paul Shavack said in situations like this, a no-contact order is issued by the court and enforced by police.

The no-contact order means O'Connor cannot have any communication with the victim such as letters, notes, phone calls or gifts. O'Connor is also not allowed within 100 feet of the victim, or the victim's home, school or church.

O'Connor is also not to have any contact with any children under the age of 18, Shavack said.

If any of these orders are violated, state police would arrest O'Connor, he said.

To report suspected abuse, contact the Delaware State Police Crimestoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or go to