Daycare teacher accused of sexual assault

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by Deborah Takahara


Parents at a Lone Tree daycare center are shocked and disgusted to learn that one of their female teachers was arrested for sexually assaulting a child.

Lone Tree Police arrested Chantella Lucero on Tuesday after interviewing her and her alleged victim about an incident that happened on August 31.

The alleged victim was not a child at The Word of Life Academy where Lucero worked, but that didn’t alleviate parents’ concerns.

Alicia Osborne told FOX31 Denver, “Obviously it’s sickening and scary … usually it’s something that is something that is a repetitive behavior I would think.”

Deepa Thelakkat said, “We’ve had good reviews about the school from other parents. Yeah it’s sad.”

Jennifer Blaszak, the preschool’s director, released this statement:

“We were shocked and saddened to learn of the arrest by Lone Tree Police of a Word of Life Academy employee based on allegations about conduct outside the Academy. The allegations do not involve Academy students, but we are fully cooperating with Lone Tree Police and social service authorities. We have communicated with the parents of students at the Academy about this conduct outside the school and remain focused on the safety and well being of our students.”

Lone Tree police would not release any other details, including the age of the child or the location of the alleged assault.

Lucero does not have a criminal history. She is currently being held in the Douglas County jail on $50,000 bond.

This article was written by Deborah Takahara and originally published on kdvr

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  1. Dan Murray September 13, 2012 at 11:36 am - Reply

    It is important to perform a proper background check on adults who will working with children.
    However only 4% of Child Sexual Abusers have a criminal record that will show up on a criminal background check, The Diana Screen® identifies an estimated 50% of the men and women who should not be placed into positions of trust with children because they present a sexual risk: either because they have already sexually abused a child or they have a very weak understanding of the strict sexual boundaries required between adults and children.

    The Diana Screen® does not compete with criminal background checks. Rather, it is intended to complement an organization`s current Abuse Risk Management plan. Thus, it is recommended that organizations that begin use of The Diana Screen® continue use of criminal background checks.

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