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Auburn preschool shut down in wake of child abuse allegations

Teenager arrested at facility Tuesday afternoon
By: Amber Marra, Journal Staff Writer
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A 14-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday for allegedly committing lewd acts with multiple children at the Colored Pencils Preschool and Child Care in Auburn.

According to a press release by the Placer County Sheriff's Office, detectives arrested the boy Tuesday afternoon for "committing lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under the age of 14."

The release states the boy, who will not be named because of his age, is related to the woman who operates the daycare center and lives in the house attached to it.

The boy was arrested at the daycare Tuesday and taken in for questioning at the Placer County Sheriff's Office. He has been booked at the Placer County Juvenile Hall in Auburn.

Colored Pencils, which is at 13335 Luther Road in Auburn, was shut down by the state Department of Social Services on Tuesday after the arrest.

A complaint regarding the closure supplied by the department lists the license to operate the daycare under Alma Rosa Arroyo and lists the facility as being in operation since June 3, 2005.

The allegations listed within the complaint state that at least once in June or July two children had been sexually molested at the daycare. Under a separate allegation the complaint states that Arroyo was made aware of what was going on in her daycare, but failed to acknowledge or take the allegations seriously.

A woman who did not identify herself at Colored Pencils Tuesday afternoon did not wish to comment on the situation at the daycare.

A man, who remains anonymous to protect his daughter's identity in accordance with the Journal's policy of not naming victims of crimes, said he has taken his daughter to the daycare for a year. He also said she has told him recently that she was touched inappropriately by the 14-year-old who was arrested.

"I moved her up here from Sacramento to get away from (stuff) like this," the man said. "I moved her here to bring her up in a good environment."

The man said he found out yesterday and had been contacted by the sheriff's office on the matter. He also said he knew of other parents whose children had said directly that someone "touches me" at the daycare.

"Trying to get through the work day without being sick to my stomach and enraged has been difficult," he said.

The man also said he had additional concerns with the care his daughter was receiving at Colored Pencils even before he found out about the alleged sexual misconduct of the teenage boy.

"Nobody wants to believe their child is a molester any more than someone wants to believe their kid has been molested," the man said.

Contact Amber Marra at amberm@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @Amber_AJNews.