Daycare employee faces new child molest charges

Eiland’s mother had agreed with the state in 1999 to bar Eiland from the center because Eiland had been convicted of driving while intoxicated in incidents involving children.

A former day care worker has been charged with molesting a second girl at his northeastern Indianapolis home, the Marion County prosecutor’s office said Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, the state Family and Social Services Administration said it would seek an emergency injunction to close the Castleton-area day care center where Ron Eiland had worked, saying the business had violated a 1999 agreement barring him from the center.

In the latest charges, Eiland is accused of twice molesting an 8-year-old girl — a friend of his daughter — between November 2005 and September 2006. The girl was sleeping over at Eiland’s home when the molestations happened, the prosecutor’s office said.

The prosecutor’s office said it filed two class C felony counts of child molestation against Eiland late Tuesday. The girl made the allegations shortly after hearing that Eiland was arrested last month on suspicion of molesting a different girl, Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said.

“The child went to the parents and said, ‘This is the same thing that happened to me,’ and that alerted the parents to contact my office,” Brizzi said.

Eiland, 60, was arrested on the new charges Wednesday. The prosecutor’s office said it would ask a judge to set bond at $50,000.

Eiland was arrested and charged last month on allegations he molested a girl at his home on more than one occasion, the last time happening in September when she was 9.

Indianapolis police went to Eiland’s home in September after a phone sex operator told them that a man had called and put a 9-year-old girl on the phone, authorities said.

Police questioned Eiland that day, but no arrest or molestation allegation was made then. Several weeks later, the girl, who had been staying at the home that night, told investigators that she had been molested then, police said.

In that case, he was charged with a class A felony count of child molestation and a class C count of child molestation. He was released on bond last month.

Eiland used to work at Lil’ Sprouts Learning Center in Indianapolis’ Castleton area, and a dispute over how recently he had worked there has prompted the state to try to close the business, which his mother owns.

According to the state Family and Social Services Administration, his mother had agreed with the state in 1999 to bar Eiland from the center because Eiland had been convicted of driving while intoxicated.

After Eiland’s November arrest, state licensing staff interviewed people at the business and determined that Eiland had been at the center daily, in violation of the agreement. On Nov. 21, the FSSA told Eiland’s mother that it was starting a process to revoke the business’s license and that she had 30 days to file an appeal.

On Wednesday, FSSA chief Mitch Roob told 6News’ Jack Rinehart that the agency would ask the state attorney general to seek an emergency injunction to close the business.

“We expect to be granted that immediate injunction. Regardless of whether we are, we encourage parents to not take their children to that day-care facility,” Roob said.

After being charged in the first molestation case, Eiland told a judge that he had recently stopped working for the day care center. His mother told 6News last month that Eiland ran errands for her there.

According to the state Family and Social Services Administration, Eiland’s mother had agreed with the state in 1999 to bar Eiland from the center because Eiland had been convicted of driving while intoxicated in incidents involving children.

Police have said they have no evidence that any assault happened at the day care center.

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