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LA DayCare License Revoked After Continued Abuse Of Children

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In a statement, the department says the decision comes after instances of children being mistreated by staff.

West Monroe DayCare license revoked
after Child Abuse allegations

WEST MONROE, LA  –  The Louisiana Dept. of Education has revoked the license and pulled public funding from Assembly Kidz Daycare in West Monroe.

In a statement, the department says the decision comes after instances of children being mistreated by staff.

The statement also says the center failed to timely report the most recent incident.  Read more about that incident here.

You can read the full news release below.

The Louisiana Department of Education today revoked the license of an early learning center in Ouachita Parish and terminated its public funding after escalating instances of children being mistreated by staff members, resulting in employees being terminated and arrested for cruelty to juveniles.  The center also failed to timely report the most recent incident to the appropriate state agencies and to the parents of the children involved.

“Early childhood education centers have the responsibility of not only preparing our youngest learners for success in Kindergarten and beyond, but also prioritizing their health, safety and well-being,” said State Superintendent John White.  “This center has proven it is unable to protect our children.”

Most recently, in August, the Department’s Division of Licensing inspected The Assembly Kidz Care, located at 1007 Glenwood Drive, after learning a staff member mistreated three 3-year-old children.

The center’s video showed the staff member picking up one child by the shirt before dropping them to the floor, causing the child to hit their head.

The staff member was then seen aggressively grabbing a second child while attempting to put the child down onto a sleeping mat, and dragging a third child across the room and onto a sleeping mat.

The center’s video also showed the staff member hitting and shaking the children.

 A parent watching the center’s video observed the mistreatment and brought it to the attention of the center’s director.  The center did not notify the state education department, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services or the parents of the children involved within the required time frame.

This center is now ineligible for public funding through the Child Care Assistance Program, which helps make child care more affordable for working low-income families.   The education department has alerted families affected by this action and is working closely with them to identify safe, quality alternative options.

The Assembly Kidz Care has 15 calendar days from receipt of the notice of revocation to appeal the decision.  Providers who have had their licenses revoked are ineligible to apply for licensure for two years.  Operating a child care center without a license may result in an order to cease and desist, as well as an injunction from a court prohibiting the continued operation of a child care center without a license and placement on the statewide registry of individuals prohibited from operating a child care center.

TX AG CEU Roundsup Child Predator

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Robert Lee Gonzales, 42, of El Campo, Texas.

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests El Campo Man for Sexual Assault of a Child

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit of his office arrested 42-year-old Robert Lee Gonzales, of El Campo, Texas, pursuant to three warrants for sexual assault of a child.

A CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® (NCMEC) alerted the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) to Gonzales, who reportedly uploaded child pornography to a social media account.

Following a search warrant at his residence, Gonzales was interviewed by CEU investigators and denied possessing child pornography.

Investigators seized several digital storage devices for examination by the Digital Forensics Unit of the attorney general’s office.

As the investigation continued, a subsequent search warrant for Gonzales’ social media account revealed communications with two children, detailing sexual assaults, as well as images of child pornography.

The two children were identified and interviewed, both confirming that Gonzales sexually assaulted them.

Attorney General Paxton’s office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.

Since its inception, the Child Exploitation Unit has made 334 arrests and obtained 589 convictions on charges for possession of child pornography.

Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their safety.

If you suspect someone is producing or downloading child pornography, you can report it to NCMEC.
CyberTipline
1-800-843-5678

For more information on cyber safety, please visit:
https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/cyber-safety/

TX School Bus Driver Facing Criminal Solicitation Of Minor

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Ruben Castillo, 63

Mesquite ISD bus driver attempted to solicit child for sex, police say

DALLAS, TX  –  A bus driver for Mesquite ISD was arrested Tuesday after police say he attempted to solicit a child for sex.

Ruben Castillo, 63, faces one count of criminal solicitation of a minor to commit sexual assault of a child, Mesquite police said.

Police did not release any additional details about the case but said that any other students who believe Castillo contacted them inappropriately should call the police department at 972-285-6336.

Castillo has worked as a bus driver for the district for 11 years, police said.

A Mesquite ISD spokeswoman said the district moved quickly to remove Castillo from his position and fire him after learning of his arrest.

“These charges are very troubling, and we are sickened that a trusted employee attempted to victimize one of our students,” the district said in a written statement. “While we are unaware of any other students who may have been impacted by Mr. Castillo’s actions, the district is cooperating fully with the police investigation.”

Castillo was being held in the Mesquite jail Tuesday evening, with bail set at $25,000, jail records showed.

Do You Supervise Your Children’s Phones?

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These 25 men were arrested for arriving at a home to sexually abuse children in Arizona last month.

25 Reasons You Should Know What Your
Children Are Doing On Their Phones

These 25 men were arrested for arriving at a home to sexually abuse children in Arizona last month.  They responded to ads on various apps and websites by attempting to make a deal for different sex acts with children.  Luckily, undercover officers were the ones behind the ads, not traffickers selling real children.

Unfortunately, the type of sting operation used in Operation Summer Shield works well because of the shocking amount of real ads of real child victims who are being exploited sexually online.

In addition to traffickers selling children online, social media has become a wide open field for predators to find and extort vulnerable children.  Today’s youth need to know the dangers online.

“Predators no longer lurk in chat rooms,” Senator Marsha Blackburn said (link tweet), “ Predators use the apps our children use.”  These 25 men are the 25 reasons that you should know what your children are doing on their phones, because children are being targeted by online sexual predators.

“Traffickers look for the vulnerabilities and a child.  They look for what they are talking about online,” said Dr. Roe-Sepowtiz.  “And they find what it is that is missing, whether it’s attention, or love, or [physical] things.”

“I think it’s really important that if someone slides into their DM, that they know that that’s a predator, and to cut that person off,” she said.

These men all sought to have sex with children in other states around the U.S. in the last few months through Snapchat, Instagram, and other popular social media apps and websites

TX AG CEU Stops Child Predator

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Christopher Carl Camacho, 43, of Kempner, Texas

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit
Arrests Kempner Man for Online
Solicitation of a Minor

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit of his office arrested 43-year-old Christopher Carl Camacho, of Kempner, Texas, on charges of online solicitation of a minor.

The Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office referred this case to the Attorney General’s Office following an investigation of sexually explicit communications between Camacho and an 11-year-old child.

Camacho traveled to a meeting location with the intention of engaging in sexual acts with the child, where he was taken into custody and transported to Lampasas County Jail.

Attorney General Paxton’s office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.

Since its inception, the Child Exploitation Unit has made 264 arrests and obtained 194 convictions on charges for online solicitation of a minor.

Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their safety.

If you suspect someone is attempting to sexually exploit a child or is producing and/or downloading child pornography online, report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children®.
CyberTipline
1-800-843-5678

For more information on cyber safety, please visit:
https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/cyber-safety/