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License appealed for shuttered Auburn daycare

Teen allegedly molested four children
By: Amber Marra, Journal Staff Writer
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An Auburn daycare that was shut down by the state after a sexual abuse scandal has appealed to have its license reinstated by the California Department of Administrative Hearings.

Alma Rosa Arroyo will appear before an administrative judge for a hearing in Sacramento on Sept. 18 in regard to her child daycare home, Colored Pencils, being closed by the state Department of Social Services on July 7, according to the Department of Administrative Hearings' website.

Colored Pencils Preschool and Child Care at 13335 Luther Road in Auburn was closed after the Placer County Sheriff's Office arrested a 14-year-old boy there for allegedly "committing lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under the age of 14," according to a press release by the sheriff's office.

The boy, has not be named because of his age, is related to Arroyo and is still in custody at the Placer County Juvenile Hall in Auburn, according to Dena Erwin, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

Four children have made claims of sexual abuse while at Colored Pencils. They are all between the ages of 3 and 5 and no other children have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse since the initial arrest was made Erwin said on Wednesday.

The case is still being investigated by the Placer County Sheriff's Office. A call to the Placer County District Attorney's Office regarding the case was not returned on Wednesday.

Michael Weston, spokesman for the state Department of Social Services, said Arroyo's hearing will involve evidence from her side and from the perspective of findings by the Department of Social Services to determine if Arroyo's license should be reinstated or permanently revoked. A community care licensing enforcement attorney will represent the department, Weston said.

A call to Arroyo regarding the appeal rendered no comment Wednesday afternoon.

A complaint regarding the closure of Colored Pencils supplied by the Department of Social Services immediately after the arrest lists the license to operate the daycare under Arroyo's name 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. Since then two other children have been added to the list of alleged victims following the investigation by the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

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.

The appeal will be heard on Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. at the Department of Administrative Hearings, 2349 Gateway Oaks Drive in Sacramento.

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