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License permanently revoked from daycare

Sexual abuse of 3-to-5 year olds allegedly from teenager
By: Amber Marra, Journal Staff Writer
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The owner of an Auburn daycare that was recently shut down in the wake of sexual abuse allegations has had her license to provide care permanently revoked by the California Department of Social Services.

According to an order released Wednesday evening by the state Department of Social Services dated Sept. 5, Alma Rosa Arroyo, owner and operator of Colored Pencils Daycare in Auburn, had her daycare licensed permanently revoked. She is also banned from working for or having any association with any facility licensed through the California Department of Social Services.

The department licenses childcare, adult and elderly care facilities.

"Even if she tried to work at a retirement community that's licensed by the department in another county she would still have to go through a background check and that would produce a hit on our side," said Michael Weston, spokesman for the state Department of Social Services.

The permanent revocation follows the closure of Colored Pencils Preschool and Child Care by the state Department of Social Services in August. The daycare was closed after allegations that a teenager related to Arroyo sexually molested four children there.

The day of the closure, the Placer County Sheriff's Office arrested a 14-year-old boy at the Auburn daycare. The boy will not be named due to his age, but Dena Erwin, spokesperson for the sheriff's office, said Thursday he is still being held in the Placer County Juvenile Hall.

A message left at Colored Pencils was not returned on Thursday.

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

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 was originally scheduled for a hearing with the state Department of Administrative Services on Sept. 18 to appeal the license suspension, but Weston said the settlement was reached on Sept. 5.

After that, the order had to be approved by multiple officials within the Department of Social Services, including Director Will Lightbourne.

"We can't release anything until it's 100 percent signed off on," Weston said.

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