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Colored Pencils teen status still in limbo

Case continued until next week
By: Amber Marra, Journal Staff Writer
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ROSEVILLE -- Whether or not an Auburn teenager accused of molesting four children at a local daycare will be tried as an adult will not be decided until next week at the earliest after the case was continued in Placer County Superior Court on Wednesday.

The 14-year-old, who is not being named because of his age, is being represented by Sacramento attorney Clyde Blackmon, of Rothschild, Wishek & Sands. Blackmon requested the case be continued until next week so he can speak further with the Placer County District Attorney's Office about a motion to amend the complaint against the teenager.

It now be held on Oct. 31 at 1:30 p.m. in District 43 of Placer County Superior Court in Roseville where it will be decided whether or not the teen will be tried as an adult or if the case will be moved to juvenile court.

The teen was arrested at Colored Pencils Preschool and Childcare in Auburn in early August. 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.

The boy continues to be held at the Placer County Juvenile Hall in Auburn. He made his second appearance in court on Wednesday, only pausing to give Alma Rosa Arroyo a small smile on his way into the courtroom.

The release by the sheriff's office indicated that Arroyo is related to the boy, though it does not specify how. Colored Pencils, at 13335 Luther Road in Auburn, was immediately shut down by the state Department of Social Services and Arroyo has since had her daycare license revoked.

Arroyo made no comments on Wednesday. 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. She has declined to comment on the allegations multiple times.

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