Child Sexual Assault May Have Occurred at Shoreline Community College

Incident reported at Parent Child Center; Case has been referred to King County Sheriff's detectives

Shoreline Community College officials are working with local law enforcement and state regulatory agencies in response to a reported child sexual assault that may have occurred at the Parent Child Center on campus.

At this point, it is not clear when the alleged assault may have taken place and no suspects have been identified.

Late Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, parents of a child enrolled at the Parent Child Center reported to college employees at the center that their pre-school–aged child had described inappropriate touching while at the center. The child didn’t say when the touching occurred and only that it was done by a man.

A college employee immediately contacted both the state Department of Early Learning, which licenses the center, and state Child Protective Services, which has enforcement duties. On Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, college officials met with the parents and then assisted them contacting the Shoreline Police Department to file a report. Shoreline Police, a contract agency with the King County Sheriff’s Office, immediately referred the case to Sheriff’s Office detectives.

“Our first concern is the safety and well-being of the children,” said college spokesman Jim Hills. “We are fully cooperating with local law enforcement and state agencies.”

Information supplied by Shoreline Community College.

JRS July 31, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Did you want to update this story with what really happened? This is a great facility and this shouldn't be the third thing that comes up about it in a google search. Parent
JRS July 31, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Also why don't you do a story about the child care facilities and what they offer. Parents are always looking for that type of information.
Tony Dondero July 31, 2012 at 08:02 AM
JRS: 1. The school notified me, the editor, of this incident and I published the fact that the school reported it at their request. As a result of what happened at Penn State, it was precautionary, perhaps too much so, but again I think you should be glad that the school was transparent as far as we know about this. 2. Secondly: There was no evidence that anything happened. Click on the below story to see the follow up. http://shoreline.patch.com/articles/alleged-child-sexual-assault-at-shoreline-cc-may-have-been-imagined 3. We have listings of many preschools in the area (you are free to review them on Patch) and ran a Readers' Choice poll on them earlier this year. http://shoreline.patch.com/articles/reader-s-choice-what-s-your-favorite-preschool-in-shoreline 4. And yes, a story on the Parent Child story would be worth doing. If you feel strongly about their work I would encourage you to write a story and submit it to tony.dondero@patch.com.
Tu-Ha Nguyen July 31, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Good conversation. Good to hear both sides. Thanks to all for your contribution.


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