Dubuque County Child Sex Offender Arrested for Taking Daycare Photos

A Dubuque County child sex offender has been arrested for taking photos at a daycare center.

58-year old Joseph Simon is accused of visiting the Mercy Child Development Center in Dubuque and taking photos in an area when children were present. He was taken into custody Friday.

According to our news partner KCRG, investigators found photos and video on Simon’s phone. He admitted during questioning that he took them.

Several years ago, Simon had pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit sex abuse after an incident in 2011 in which he admitted to authorities that he paid two boys so he could perform sex acts on them. He was a substitute bus driver for the Western Dubuque School District at the time.

He remains in custody at the Dubuque County Jail.