Posted: Aug 8, 2012 4:53 PM by Caroline Lowe
Updated: Aug 8, 2012 5:01 PM
Criminal charges will not be filed against a former Santa Maria child care center employee, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office.
Police said the man was under investigation for suspected abuse at the Marian Children's Center.
Santa Maria police recently forwarded the results of their investigation to the District Attorney.
A senior prosecutor, Stephen Foley, said his office decided not to file charges "based upon insufficient evidence."
A spokesperson for Dignity Health, which operates the center, earlier told KSBY that center officials reported concerns about an "unusual incident" involving an employee to police and to the State Social Services Office back in March.
That is also when Dignity Health said the man was put on administrative leave.
The employee is no longer with the Dignity Health organization.
Parents learned of the state's investigation of the former employee when a report was posted at the center.
KSBY reached out to Dignity Health on Wednesday for reaction to the D.A.'s decision.
KSBY is still waiting for a response.
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