Daycare teacher detained by FBI

HOOVER (WBRC) - Directors at the Bright Horizons child care center on Riverchase Parkway East in Hoover issued a letter to families Monday saying they were "shocked and appalled" to learn Friday that one of its preschool teachers, Shane Wilkins, was detained by the FBI Cyber Crimes Division on charges of attempting to solicit a child over the Internet.

In the letter, Director Kathy Lounsbury and Regional Manager Lynn McClary said the FBI has assured them their investigation does not include the center or Wilkins' work there. The case investigator informed Lounsbury and McClary that they have no reason to believe any children who attend the center were harmed, and the charges he is facing have nothing to do with the center or any children at the center.

"We apologize for the concern that this issue may cause for you, and we want you to know that your child's safety is our top priority," Lounsbury and McClary said in the letter.

Wilkins had worked at the center for five years, where before he was hired, passed a complete state mandated criminal background, FBI check, fingerprint and reference check.

He was immediately terminated and is not permitted on the center's premises, regardless of the outcome of the case.

Security cameras used in the classrooms will be reviewed as a precaution, the letter states. They also mentioned that center employees do not have access to the internet on classroom computers, nor are they permitted to use personal cameras.

Meetings were held for parents Tuesday morning and afternoon.

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