By Carl Jackson Wednesday 25 September 2013 Updated: 25/09 10:35
ONE man now remains on police bail as part of the investigation into child sex assaults at Bright Eyes Nurseries, after five others have been released without charge.
With enquiries now having been going on for four months, West Mercia Police is 'confident' the offences against children were carried out by someone directly linked to one of the three branches, which were in Droitwich, Bromsgrove and Redditch.
The remaining suspect is being held in connection with two complaints of sexual assault against children, as well as the discovery of cannabis plants found at Bright Eyes in Droitwich on the Old Coach Road.
Police are also investigating allegations of sexual assault and harassment against a former staff member at the nursery.
As a result of the operation, a Worcester man has been charged with producing cannabis at his home in Bodium Close.
Ryan Lowe, 37, was released on bail and is set to appear at Worcester Magistrates Court on Friday (October 4).
The minibus driver and maintenance worker also used to supervised children on occasions.
However he is not a suspect for the sexual assault allegations and the charges are not connected to the cannabis found at the Droitwich branch.
The investigation was launched in May after a child disclosed they had been assaulted at one of the three Bright Eyes Nurseries in Worcestershire. Police later received a second complaint about a further sex offence against a child.
Six men were initially arrested and three were subsequently released without charge.
Two more have since been cleared of the child abuse allegations.
Det Insp James Hopkins, leading the operation, said: "Our investigation is now four months old and we continue to see significant developments resulting from it.
“As well as the first charges for unrelated offences, we are now at the point where we can confidently say we believe the sexual offences against children were carried out by someone directly linked to Bright Eyes nurseries and no one else is being sought at this time.
“We are liaising with the Crown Prosecution Service about the evidence we have gathered and I hope we will have a decision on charges in the near future."
Det Insp Hopkins also confirmed Bright Eyes would no longer provide early years childcare after the directors had withdrew their registration with Ofsted.
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