Sex offender accused of running daycare

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PITT COUNTY- - A woman registered as a sex offender was arrested in Pitt County for allegedly running a child care operation.

Pitt County deputies booked 38-year-old Elvira Leyva-Maciel into jail yesterday.

"The deputy was actually caused out to the residence for a civil matter. And stumbled upon the other children there," said Detective Jeremy Monette of the Pitt County Sheriff's Office. "He had the idea, I see all these other children I wonder if these other kids are her children."

Leyva-Maciel was convicted of indecent liberties with a child in 2011.

Nancy Massengill lives across the street from Leyva-Maciel. She says "it's shocking. I saw all the kids over there but I never knew that, that's what was goin' on over there."

Deputies say there were only a few children in the home at the time of the arrest, but neighbors tell Newschannel 12 there would be upwards of 10 children there on any given day.

Massengill is left wondering how the parents of the other children must feel. "It's too scary, 'cause they don't know what happened over there to their kids," she said.

Leyva-Maciel lives on Barrus Construction Road, northwest of Greenville.

North Carolina laws make it illegal for a registered sex offender to run or work at a daycare.

Deputies say parents who knowingly allow registered sex offenders to watch their children can also face charges under North Carolina statutes.

Leyva-Maciel is being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under $25,000 dollar bond.

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