From the Olympian:
OLYMPIA – The Olympia Early Learning Center’s downtown branch on Capitol Way will close July 29, according to a spokeswoman from the state Department of Early Learning.
The closure is “self-initiated,” she said. Officials at the center could not be reached for comment Thursday. The center closed a second site, on McPhee Road, in mid-April. The Department of Early Learning is investigating a complaint in January that the center failed to report an abuse allegation at that site. In February, the department put the site on its do-not-refer list, and its license is inactive.
In early July, a judge in Olympia sentenced a former assistant teacher at the McPhee Road site to 18 years to life in prison for raping a 5-year-old at the pupil’s home and molesting a 4-year-old pupil at work.
Elisha Tabor, 20, had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree child rape and two counts of first-degree child molestation. He had worked at the McPhee Road site from May 2008 to January 2011 when the allegations came to light.
Tacoma Attorney Darrell Cochran is representing the families of children molested at OELC. If you have any information, please contact us today.