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* College helping on child assault report

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.”

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