A 20-year-old nursery assistant is to appear in court charged with the abuse of a child at his workplace, prosecutors said last night.
Paul Wilson was arrested at his home in Nechells, Birmingham, in the early hours of Tuesday morning by detectives from the West Midlands Police public protection department.
Jayne Salt, head of the Crown Prosecution Service West Midlands complex casework unit, said: “Having carefully examined all of the available information which was submitted to us by the police, we have decided that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Paul Wilson with two counts in relation to an investigation into the Little Stars Nursery in Nechells, Birmingham.”
She said Mr Wilson would be appearing before Birmingham Magistrates Court today, where an application to remand him in custody will be made by the prosecution. A police spokeswoman said an investigation into suspected child abuse at the nursery was launched after a computer was seized from Wilson's home.
He has worked at the nursery for 18 months, police said.
Superintendent Matt Ward said there was currently no evidence of other children at the nursery being abused. He said he had spoken to parents of children at the nursery, who were “very angry and very shocked”, adding that police were in the process of contacting the families of children who had previously attended.
The nursery, which currently has 55 children attending and 14 members of staff, has been closed. The chief executive officer of the Nechells Regeneration Project, which runs the nursery, John James, said: “We were shocked to hear of the allegations made and we are of course co-operating fully with the police inquiry.
“We have been successfully operating this nursery for five years and are an established part of the community and are grateful for the support we are receiving from that community during this time.
“The safety and welfare of the children and the community we serve is our first priority, and in the circumstances we fully support the decision by the police and Ofsted to temporarily close the nursery during the initial stages of this investigation.
“Our thoughts are with the children, parents and the hard-working staff of Little Stars Nursery.”