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Bright Horizons worker fired after alleged child sex abuse, director on leave

Bright Horizons worker fired after alleged child sex abuse, director on leave

An Orlando child care facility, Bright Horizons Child Care and Learning Center, told News 6 that an employee has been fired after allegations of child sexual abuse.  

The facility has also placed its director on leave.  The victim is described as being of preschool age.

A letter was sent home to parents indicating that the Florida Department of Children and Families came to the center on Friday and made them aware of the allegations of sexual battery.  The letter also stated three other students were interviewed by state investigators.

Bright Horizons said in a statement: “We were shocked and troubled to learn about this investigation.”  Our most important responsibility is to ensure the wellbeing and safety of the children in our care, and we will do whatever we can to support the child involved and their family.  The teacher has been terminated and we will continue to help CPS as they look into what may have happened.  We will continue to communicate with our families and the center throughout this process, and remain focused on providing children and families with exceptional care and ensuring that our staff has additional resources.”

A representative with the school said the teacher had been an employee at the school since September 2016, but officials wouldn’t comment further as to when they were notified of the complaint or the reason behind placing the director on leave.

According to the Florida Department of Children and Families website, an inspection of the facility in April issued a warning to Bright Horizons for failing to complete background checks on employees every five years.

I have represented other victims of sexual abuse at Bright Horizons daycares and am investigating the case on behalf of a potential victim.  I am interested in hearing from anyone with who has information. 

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