Montgomery Early Learning Centers, a Main Line provider of before- and after-school child-care services, has received complaints from two children of "inappropriate behavior" by a former staffer, according to its chief executive. The ages of the children were not disclosed.
In a two-page "important message for K-8 families," CEO Ann O'Brien disclosed that the employee had been terminated after MELC conducted an investigation following an initial report of inappropriate behavior that was believed to be an isolated incident. O'Brien did not reveal what that alleged behavior was, when it reportedly happened, or the name of the ex-staffer.
"Over the past week, we learned that a second child had reported inappropriate conduct by the same employee to authorities," O'Brien wrote. "We understand that criminal charges have been lodged and the former employee has been arrested. We are writing to advise you of these allegations because it appears that the initial incident may not have been an isolated event."
The former employee has been identified in a number of media reports as Darrien Glover, 24, of Philadelphia. He was first arrested in July in connection with an incident alleged to have happened last school year at Cynwyd Elementary School in Lower Merion Township, according to the Main Line Times. The second allegations were made in October, the newspaper reported.
Police charged Glover with unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, and indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age. He is accused of showing the students his underwear as well as his genitals on multiple occasions, according to the Main Line Times.
O'Brien said that MELC officials will be reaching out to anyone who has had contact with the "former employee" at its Cynwyd Elementary program or summer camp. MELC has also been in contact with the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office and Lower Merion police, she said.
The Lower Merion School District, which leases the Cynwyd school to MELC, will be sharing information on the misconduct with the families of all its elementary and middle-school students, O'Brien's message also said. The district referred specific questions on the matter to MELC and the Lower Merion police.
"In closing, let me say that I am a mom first and a CEO second," O'Brien wrote. "I take MELC's responsibility to ensure the safety of your children personally and seriously. This letter is difficult for me to write and I know that it is difficult for you to read. Please know that I will continue to work tirelessly, as will all MELC staff, to ensure your child's safety and support you through this difficult time."