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Former Moreno Valley day-care operator accused of molesting 7-year-old boy

April 7, 2011 | 10:40 am

Detectives are seeking the public’s help in the investigation of a former day-care operator who is accused of molesting a 7-year-old boy in her care.

Lovetta Poole, 50, has been charged with three counts of lewd acts with a child under the age of 14 and two counts of aggravated sexual assault, according to booking information from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Poole was being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

Poole ran a day-care operation in her home in the 26000 block of Casa Encantador in Moreno Valley from about 2004 until December 2006, said Det. Danny Young of the Moreno Valley Police Department.

The alleged molestations occurred in August and September 2005. The alleged victim was one of eight children that Poole looked after.

The state suspended Poole’s day-care license over matters unrelated to the alleged molestations. One issue was that she allegedly had failed to inform the state about a resident in her home who had a criminal record, Young said.

The boy, now 13, came forward recently to report the alleged molestation.

Investigators found the day-care center had closed and that Poole no longer lived at the address. In fact, Young said, the current residents have nothing to do with either Poole or the day-care center.

Officers arrested Poole on March 29 and she has been in custody since in lieu of $1-million bail.

“With the type of business that she had, there is that possibility” of other victims, Young said. “At this point, no other victims have come forward.”

Anyone with information should contact the Moreno Valley police detective bureau at (951) 486-6810.

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