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UPDATE: EC daycare worker accused of sexually assaulting a child pleads not guilty

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Eau Claire (WQOW)
- The Eau Claire daycare worker accused of sexually assaulting a child in his care was back in court Thursday.

Tyler Thompson entered a not-guilty plea Thursday to the charge of first-degree child sexual assault. His next court date is set for April.

Thompson was charged in October with sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl while he was working at the Learning Tree Childcare Center on Sherwin Ave. 


Posted: January 2018

UPDATE: The Eau Claire daycare worker accused of sexually assaulting a child in his care, returned to court Tuesday. 

Tyler Thompson was charged in October with sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl while Thompson was working at The Learning Tree Childcare Center on Sherwin Avenue.

Tuesday, an Eau Claire police detective testified the girl's parents took her to Mayo Clinic Health System after she made some comments that concerned them.

The detective said he observed while the girl was interviewed by the Child Advocacy Center, using a doll to demonstrate where she was touched.

"She opened up the exterior clothes, pulled down the underwear and touched the doll on the buttocks area, and then with a single finger she also demonstrated again underneath the underwear being touched in her vaginal area," said Eau Claire Police Department Detective Joshua Miller.

Police said Thompson denied inappropriate touching, but said he would sometimes rub the children's backs under their shirts during nap time. He said he may have inadvertently touched her buttocks during this time. 

On Tuesday, Judge Jon Theisen found it probable Thompson committed a crime, and bound Thompson over for trial.  

An arraignment date will now be set. 


October 27, 2017
Eau Claire (WQOW) -
Tyler Thompson, 24, is charged in Eau Claire County with 1st degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. Thompson is a day care worker who is also employed at Action City. 

According to court documents, a 5-year-old girl told her parents 'Mr. Tyler' touches her 'down there.' During an interview with the Child Advocacy Center, the girl demonstrated on a doll by taking off the doll's underwear. She said Mr. Tyler showed her how to touch those parts and told her to 'keep doing it, keep doing it.' She also said Mr. Tyler rubs her back during nap time and sometimes touches her buttocks and her 'boobies' under her shirt. 

According to police, it happened at The Learning Tree Child Care Center on Sherwin Avenue in Eau Claire. They said Thompson has been employed there for the past three years. At the time of his arrest, he was an assistant teacher for the kindergarten class but at the time of the alleged assaults, was working in the 4k class. 

According to court records, when Thompson was interviewed, he told police he had a good relationship with the young girl, stating he was someone she would open up to.  He also said he would sometimes rub the children's backs under their shirts during nap time. He said he may have inadvertently touched their backsides but claimed it was not inappropriate. He also said he sometimes blew air across the children's skin in order to help them sleep. 

The Learning Tree would not comment on Thompson's current employment status.

Owner Cassi Stoeklen said she was devastated to learn of the court case. She told News 18 The Learning Tree's top priority is their children's safety.

"We are completely shocked and heartbroken about the incident and we're just trying to reassure parents that their children are safe," Stoeklen said.

In a letter sent to parents of children at the daycare, Stoeklen asks them to come to the center Friday evening. They will answer any questions or concerns they might have. 

News 18 was first to tell you Thompson was also employed at Action City at Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire - until Thursday. Thompson has been temporarily suspended pending the outcome of the court case. 

Eau Claire police said they're working with the daycare, as well as the Department of Human Services , and the Child Advocacy Center to identify any other potential victims. Together they are reaching out to current and past parents that had a child at the facility. 


Eau Claire (WQOW) - News 18 has learned the Eau Claire man charged with sexually assaulting a child at the day care where he was employed, also worked at Action City. 

Benny Anderson, the general manager for Metropolis Resort, told News 18 Tyler Thompson has worked at Action City for around a year and a half - until Thursday. He said Thompson has been temporarily suspended pending the outcome of the court case. Anderson said Thompson was an assistant floor manager at Action City. His duties included overseeing the staff on the gaming floor. 

Anderson said the accusations against Thompson come as a complete shock. He said they've never had any inkling something like this would happen and have never received a complaint about him or his customer service. He said they have spoken with police but authorities haven't questioned them about any assaults taking place at their business. 

When asked if Thompson would have had one-on-one contact with any children, Anderson said since he was a manager, it is unlikely he would have an opportunity. 

"We are not aware of any situation where Tyler has been with children one-on-one, but, I can't rule out the possibility that it could have ever happened," Anderson said. 

Anderson said if anyone has any concerns or questions to contact him at benny@metropolisresort.com. 


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Eau Claire police have arrested an employee at an Eau Claire day care for 1st degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. 

Eau Claire police said they received a tip that a child was sexually assaulted by an employee at the Learning Tree Child Care Center in Eau Claire Wednesday. Tyler M. Thompson, 24, was identified as the suspect. Police said he has been arrested. 

Thompson has worked at the center for about three years. 

Eau Claire police said they're working with the daycare, as well as the Department of Human Services , and the Child Advocacy Center to identify any other potential victims. Together they are reaching out to current and past parents that had a child at the facility. 

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