Colored Pencils teen makes first court appearance

Attorney will challenge filing in adult court
By: Amber Marra, Journal Staff Writer
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A teenager implicated in an alleged sexual abuse scandal at an Auburn daycare made his first appearance in Placer County Superior Court on Wednesday.

The 14-year-old boy's status conference was set for Oct. 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Superior Court's Dept. 43 and a preliminary hearing will be scheduled on Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept. 33. The boy will not be named because of his age unless it is clear he will be charged as an adult.

The boy is being represented by Sacramento lawyer Clyde Blackmon, of Rothschild, Wishek & Sands, who said Wednesday that he is putting together a motion to challenge the filing of the teenager's case in adult court.

The boy was arrested at Colored Pencils Preschool and Childcare in Auburn. Detectives with the Placer County Sheriff's Office arrested the boy for "committing lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under the age of 14," according to a release by the sheriff's office at the time of the arrest.

Since then, the boy has been held at the Placer County Juvenile Hall in Auburn. On Wednesday, he appeared in court wearing a baggy, gray sweatshirt and looked straight ahead showing no emotion.

Colored Pencils, which was at 13335 Luther Road in Auburn, was immediately shut down by the state Department of Social Services following the teen's arrest in August.

The daycare owner, Alma Rosa Arroyo, has since had her license to operate a daycare facility in California permanently revoked by the state Department of Social Services.

Arroyo, who is related to the teenager, also appeared in court on Wednesday and made no comments regarding the allegations of sexual abuse at Colored Pencils or the teenager's case.

A complaint listing the abuse allegations supplied by the department states that in June or July two children were sexually molested at the daycare and two others were added later as the Placer County Sheriff's Office continued to investigate. The children are between the ages of 3 and 5.

Another allegation states that Arroyo was made aware of what was happening at her daycare, but she failed to acknowledge or take the allegations seriously at the time. Arroyo has declined to comment on the allegations multiple times.

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