Former worker at Gilbert day care accused of child abuse

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Tanner Lang (Maricopa County Superior Court) Tanner Lang (Maricopa County Superior Court)
Tanner Lang, 24 (Maricopa County Superior Court) Tanner Lang, 24 (Maricopa County Superior Court)

A former employee at a Gilbert day care has been arrested for allegedly inappropriately touching little girls.

Police say Tanner Anthony Lang, 24, faces two charges of felony child abuse.

The alleged incidents happened at the Children's Learning Adventure Center near Power and Germann roads in Gilbert. Lang had been working there as a teacher. Police say it reportedly happened at an after-school program between September 2015 and May of 2016.

The mother of one victim says that her 6-year-old daughter told her about what happened.

The child told police Lang "put his hand down the back of her pants and touched her buttocks with his hand," according to police documents.

A second victim later came forward reporting a similar incident in the same time frame.

When police questioned Lang,he acknowledged that he knew both victims. But police also say he neither admitted nor denied touching the girls.

Children's Learning Adventure issued this statement regarding the incident:

"Children’s Learning Adventure has learned of the arrest of a former staff member for two counts of aggravated assault by an adult on a minor. This former staff member was placed on leave as soon as the allegations were brought to our attention and was subsequently terminated once we learned of his arrest.

Children’s Learning Adventure cooperated with the Gilbert Police Department in its investigation of this matter and will continue to do so. As this investigation is ongoing we are not privy to details regarding actions that led to the charges. As Children’s Learning Adventure believes that open communication and transparency is essential, we will communicate directly with our families when additional information becomes available. In the meantime, center and corporate management are available to discuss this situation with any parent who may have questions or concerns.

At Children’s Learning Adventure providing a safe and nurturing environment in which children can learn and grow is our utmost priority. All teachers and staff have undergone careful employment screening including criminal background and CPS registry checks. Closed circuit camera systems and open classrooms with glass walls provide for ongoing observation of classroom activities.

Center and corporate management will continue to be hyper-vigilant and engaged to insure the safety and well being of the children in our center. Creating a caring environment in which children develop a life-long love of learning continues to be our mission and we are committed to taking all actions necessary to insure we meet this objective."

Read complete court documents HERE.

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