Nickelodeon Production Assistant Arrested For Child Molestation - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

12/17/05

Nickelodeon Production Assistant Arrested For Child Molestation

Police in California say they've arrested a convicted sex offender who had been working at Nickelodeon Animation Studios.

A Burbank police sergeant says authorities suspect the production assistant molested a teenage boy at the studio, which specializes in children's programs.

Authorities say the boy's mother became suspicious when the 36-year-old man (Ezell Channel) began spending time with her son. They say she checked the man's name on a state Web site and found that he'd been cited for "lewd or lascivious acts" with a child under 14 years old.

An investigation then turned up allegations that the man had fondled the teen at the studio. The production assistant has since been charged with two felonies.

Nickelodeon has issued a statement saying it's cooperating with the police investigation.

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