Appletree & Gilden Woods issues statement on sexual assault seen on camera

Posted at 6:35 PM, Nov 04, 2020

PORTAGE, Mich. — The childcare facility where the sexual assault of a child was witnessed issued a statement about Aaron Joe Bryant.

"We treat all the children in our care as if they are our own, so we were as shocked and distraught by this incident as anyone." A spokesperson for the facility said. "We are deeply sorry for what the family involved has gone through."

Bryant was put on administration leave on June 18th while an investigation started and subsequently fired. The facility says he had no contact with children once he was put on leave.

A parentwitnessed the assault on the live-feed of the classroom and called Children's Protective Services. The facility was contacted by CPS and Portage Police arrested the Hartford man. He was arraigned on criminal sexual conduct with a child under age 13.