Downtown daycare cited for failing to report incident involving registered sex offender

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A local daycare facility was cited after a registered sex offender was arrested at the church next door.

Officials cited St. Paul’s Child Development Center on 17th Street in Downtown Bakersfield following the incident in late April.

The California Department of Social Services says the offender was volunteering at the church, but was never on daycare grounds.

However, the report says the man may have been able to see children through a fence while doing yard work.

The daycare notified parents, but was cited because it didn’t report the incident to the department within 24 hours.

When reached by 17 News, the daycare had no comment.

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