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UPDATE (June 21, 2018)-- John Beeler was sentenced to serve 30 years in the Indiana Department of Correction. He was found guilty of child molesting in May 2018. He will report as a sex offender for life.

Original story:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An employee at an Indianapolis day care has been arrested on charges of child molestation.

John Beeler worked for Charity Child Care on Indianapolis' near west side, located at 2697 West 10th Street.

The suspect has since been terminated from his job and remains behind bars in the Marion county jail.

Leaders at the Charity Child Care say they are heartbroken that one of their former employees may have molested a child at the day care.

Executive Director Juaneka Ennis sent a letter on Monday to the families who use the day care. The letter says the facility was made aware of an incident with Beeler on Dec. 5 in which he allegedly had inappropriate contact with a 9-year-old child in the School Age program.

The letter reads, “Our love for community and pride in the services we provide make the discoveries exceptionally difficult.”

Still, the day care’s director says blame for allegations falls squarely on Beeler alone and hopes it doesn’t harm the reputation of the day care’s other 39 employees.  The letter continued, “This isolated act is not reflective of charity child care.  we will continue to provide exceptional care to families in a loving and safe environment.”

Leaders at the day care did not want to talk about the case on camera, but they did point out that additional awareness and preventative steps are being taken to make sure this never happens again.

State leaders with the FSSA are investigating the issue as well, but so far no punitive action has been taken against the business.

The director’s letter concluded that the day care is fully cooperating with investigators and noted, “We stand in complete support of the family affected, who is still actively a part of our program.”

IMPD said Beeler faces multiple counts of child molesting.

Beeler is due in court next week to be advised of his rights, until then he is being held without bond.

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