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News - April 21, 2010

Child care supervisor arrested

Police have arrested the supervisor of Menlo Park's child development center in the Belle Haven neighborhood, after the man allegedly gave unwanted letters and presents to a minor.

Jose Adalberto Lopez, 55, of San Mateo, was arrested by Menlo Park police on Tuesday, April 13. Police were called to the child development center on Ivy Drive that afternoon after receiving information from city staff, according to Nicole Acker, spokeswoman for the police department.

Mr. Lopez was charged with annoying and harassing a minor, and was booked into San Mateo County jail that night, Ms. Acker said. She said the minor was 13 years old.

Mr. Lopez has been placed on administrative leave, "pending the results of an internal investigation currently in progress," Glen Kramer, the city's personnel director, wrote in a letter to parents of children at the center, dated April 14.

Mr. Kramer told parents that the city "does not believe that any current or former students in the program" are involved in the investigation.

Mr. Lopez began working with the city as a teacher in 2001, and was promoted in 2006 to his current position, according to Mr. Kramer.

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