[UPDATE] TPD: No Criminal Activity Occurred at Ollie Wallie's

By: Eyewitness News, Jerry Askin Email
By: Eyewitness News, Jerry Askin Email

UPDATED 8.4.2011 7:30pm by Julie Montanaro

A sexual assault allegation against an employee at a family fun center was *unfounded*.

Today Tallahassee Police closed the case, saying no crime was committed at Ollie Wallie's that day in June.

The grinning hippo still greets children at Ollie Wallie's on Capital Circle, but the sign in the window now reads, "Sorry, we're closed."

It's not what Craigie Huston and her grandchildren had hoped for.

"I am disappointed and these two are disappointed because it's too hot to be running around outside today," Huston said.

Back on June 16th, officers were called to the popular indoor playground by a woman who claimed her two year old daughter had been sexually molested by a 17 year old employee.

The incident report has just been made public. In it, the employee told police he walked into the men's restroom to find the two year old inside crying for her mommy.

He said the toddler's shorts and diaper were off and she had peed on the floor. He says he threw the wet diaper away, put the child's shorts on and then went out to look for the mother.

According to the incident report, the mom says the child told her the "boy pulled down my pants."

Tallahassee Police just got back test results from FDLE. Analysts examined swabs and clothing for both the toddler and employee - and found no semen or foreign DNA on the child at all.

"A number of pieces of evidence were reviewed by the forensic lab here at the Tallahassee Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The review indicated that no criminal activity occured, and we've now closed the case as an unfounded incidident," TPD Spokesman Derek Friend said.

Ollie Wallie's closed its doors on Sunday. We called the business's attorney for comment this afternoon, but have not yet heard back yet.

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[UPDATE] 8-4 11am -

The Tallahassee Police Department responded to 2990 Apalachee Parkway, Ollie Wallie’s Fun Center, Thursday June 16, 2011, in reference to a call from a parent who was concerned about the welfare of her child. The child was returned to the parent after missing for a short period of time.

Investigators conducted numerous interviews and worked closely with the Tallahassee Police Department Forensics Unit to collect evidence. The analysis of all evidence has been completed, and it has been concluded no criminal activity occurred related to this incident.

The business and all those involved have been very cooperative with Law Enforcement during this investigation.

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UPDATE 06-23-2011 by Jerry Askin at 5:55pm

Police continue their investigation into accusations of sexual abuse on a child under 12 at a local fun center.

Witnesses tell WCTV that police cars and a forensic truck crowded the front entrance of Ollie Wallie's last Thursday.

Police responded to a call from a parent claiming a sexual assault by a person under 18 on a child under the age of 12.

We want to make it clear that NO arrests have been made in this case.

Police say at this time they have no reason to believe a crime occured. Officers have turned over evidence in the case to FDLE to analyze.

We'll continue to follow this story and bring you more as it becomes available.

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UPDATE 06-20-2011 by Jerry Askin at 6:15pm

Witnesses say police cars and a forensics truck crowded the entrance of Ollie Wallie's on Thursday. The Kid's Fun Center looked like a crime scene, but police say right now they have no reason to believe a child was sexually assaulted there, but some parents say more supervision couldn't hurt.

"Maybe they're not watching what's gong on in the facility well enough. Maybe they need more cameras or more employees," says Lisa Nash, a local parent.

At about 2:15 Thursday afternoon, Tallahassee Police were called out to the Ollie Wallie's Fun Center about an alleged sexual assault by a person under 18 on a victim under 12.

Police would not tell us the age of the child or whether any employees are being investigated, but they do say the child was returned to the parent after missing for a short while.

"It proves that we being parents, our kids are never too safe and we can never be too relaxed and think that it's ok to turn our head for just a second because that’s what happens," says Shaquetta Scadlock, a local parent.

TPD says it has turned the investigation over to FDLE to analyze the evidence in the case. Officers want to make it clear that the investigation is not closed, but, as of now, no arrests have been made.

A manager at Ollie Wallie's says they take pride in providing a safe and enjoyable environment for children and parents. She says the fun center is working with law enforcement on the investigation.

We will continue to stay on top of this story and bring you the latest as it becomes available.
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[UPDATE] 6-20-2011 4:47pm -- TPD Press Release --

TPD INVESTIGATES SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT

On Thursday June 16, 2011, at approximately 2:18Pm, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to 2990 Apalachee Parkway, Ollie Wallie’s Fun Center, in reference to a call from a parent who was concerned about the welfare of her child. The child was returned to the parent after missing for a short period of time.

At this point in our investigation there is no indication a crime has occurred. As part of our normal protocol additional steps were taken to gather evidence and it will be analyzed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to determine if any crime occurred to the child during that period.

The business and person who found the child have been very cooperative with Law Enforcement during this investigation.

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[UPDATE] 6-20 Noon -

A local fun center becomes a crime scene. Now management at Ollie Wallie's in Tallahassee is speaking out.

Police were at Ollie Wallie's last week investigating a sexual crime against a child.

Tallahassee Police were called out to Ollie Wallie's last Thursday afternoon. Police say someone under 18 years old is accused of sexually assaulting a child. No arrests have been made. Parents and kids were still filing into the business this past weekend.

Ollie Wallie sent us this statement:

"Ollie Wallie's Fun Center would like to thank the Tallahassee Police Department for their prompt response and investigation into a concern raised by a customer. We take great pride in providing a safe and enjoyable environment for children and parents alike. Ollie Wallies will continue to cooperate with law enforcement and we anxiously await a conclusion into any ongoing investigation. We thank you for your continued support."

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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[UPDATED] 6-20 at 11:41am

Ollie Wallie's Fun Center releases a statement:

Ollie Wallie's Fun Center would like to thank the Tallahassee Police
Department for their prompt response and investigation into a concern raised by a customer. We take great pride in providing a safe and enjoyable environment for children and parents alike. Ollie Wallies will continue to cooperate with law enforcement and we anxiously await a conclusion into any ongoing investigation. We thank you for your continued support

Thank you,
Holly
The Manager of Ollie Wallie's Fun Center

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[UPDATED] 6-17 at 11:15pm By Candace Sweat

Tallahassee Police have revealed the nature of an emergency call that came in Thursday afternoon from a local fun center.

Eyewitness News went inside Ollie Wallie's Thursday afternoon and spoke with a manager, but she was very tight-lipped and would neither confirm nor deny that something had happened there.

But authorities have confirmed that they're looking into an alleged incident, and it has some parents very concerned.

A Tallahassee mom, who wants to remain anonymous, describes what she saw as she pulled up to Ollie Walllie's Thursday afternoon.

"I saw two police cars and a forensic truck outside the front doors at Ollie Wallie's. And I went in and I talked to two employees. They said they were unsure of what happened. I walked back out and saw a cop get into the forensics car with paper bags and a camera," she said.

Police tell Eyewitness News they were called to the fun center at 2:18 Thursday afternoon in response to an emergency call. They say the nature of the call was an alleged sexual assault by a person under 18 years of age, on a victim under 12.

The alleged assault falls under the Florida statutes which says a person less than 18 years of age who commits sexual battery upon, or in an attempt to commit sexual battery injures the sexual organs of a person less than 12 years of age.

Parents who take their children to Ollie Wallie's say they are very concerned.

"With everything that's happening with kids now days, it kind of scares me a little bit," said Donna Ainsworth, a concerned grandparent.

TPD says it's an on-going investigation which is why they are releasing very few details. So far, no arrests have been made.

Several parents we spoke with say they asked the manager at Ollie Wallie's to tell them what's going on but they weren't given any information. They say all the manager told them was that their children were safe.
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[UPDATE] 6-17-2011

Tallahassee, FL - TPD’s Officer Anitra Highland has confirmed the nature of the call –“Sex Assault by under 18 years of a victim under 12.”

Statute 794.011 subsection 2B – and here’s how it reads:

“A person less than 18 years of age who commits sexual battery upon, or in an attempt to commit sexual battery injures the sexual organs of, a person less than 12 years of age commits a life felony, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, s. 775.084, or s. 794.0115.”

TPD says there have been no arrests at this time. WCTV will continue to follow this story and bring more info as it becomes available.

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Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee police are being tight-lipped about what happened at a local kid's fun center.

Witnesses on scene tell WCTV that police cars and a forensic truck crowded the front entrance of Ollie Wallie's on Apalachee Parkway yesterday (6/16).

TPD confirms that it responded to a call at Ollie Wallie's at 2:18pm Thursday afternoon, but will not specify the nature of the call or release any information about what happened. They say it's an on going investigation.

We also contacted Ollie Wallie ... their manager would not comment either.

NOTE: We are trying to reach people who were there at the time of the incident, please e-mail our news account at news@wctv.tv if you were there and can share some information.


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