Billings daycare license suspended after employee charged with sexual assault

BILLINGS — A Billings West End daycare center had its license suspended by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services after an employee was charged with sexually assaulting a 3-year-old child.

The license of Kim Redding, owner of the 3100 block Avenue D home daycare, was suspended on Wednesday, two days after dozens of people staged a protest outside the house, calling for the daycare to be closed.

The DPHHS did not specify the reason for the suspension.

Redding’s significant other, Luis Contreras, 51, pleaded not guilty May 13 in Yellowstone County District Court to one count of sexual assault. Court documents list Contreras as an employee and resident of the daycare since 2016.

Photo courtesy of Yellowstone County Detention Center

Luis Contreras, 51, has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges against a 3-year-old girl.

Documents also cite a 9-year-old from 2020 who accused Contreras of sexual assault at daycare.

DPHHS opened an investigation in March after learning of the complaints. Redding said Contreras hasn’t been to daycare since that time. He is currently prohibited from associating with minors or being anywhere minors may congregate as a condition of his charges. Contreras is on $50,000 bail pending his next court appearance.

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