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Child Care Worker Held, Center Surrenders License

EUSTIS, Fla. (AP) -- State officials say a Central Florida child care facility has been closed and an employee who also serves as a youth pastor was arrested on charges of sexual battery against children.

Pat's Kidz World Development Center in Eustis surrendered its license Thursday in place of having it immediately revoked, according to a statement released Saturday by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The employee, 40-year-old Kenneth Hagins of Tavares, surrendered Friday and remained in custody Saturday at the Lake County Detention Center.

In addition to the battery charge, he is accused of lewd and lascivious acts on an elderly or disabled person, according to jail records.

His bond was set at $200,000. Jail officials could not say if he has a lawyer.

Officials said the investigation began July 11.


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