The felony charges against Linda Chery-Valentin, who is the founding directing of a day care center in Jamaica Plain, have been dismissed, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office.
The facility used to be called the Arc-En-Ciel Day Care Center and Montessori School, but has since changed its name to the Bilingual Montessori School of Boston. It is located at 61 Rockwood St.
Chery-Valentin was facing felony charges after she allegedly drove her car on May 6, 2012 at a rector and a parishioner at Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon Church, where the day care is located. Chery-Valentin said at that time that none of that happened.
“The case was dismissed on Feb. 26,” Suffolk DA spokesperson Jake Wark said in an email to the Gazette.
When asked about the charges being dropped, Chery-Valentin replied, “We are not making any comment until we meet [with the Gazette].” That meeting has been repeatedly postponed.
Her lawyer, John Andrews, said that it is appropriate that the charges were dropped and that they probably should not have been brought in the first place.
Wark said that after being charged, Chery-Valentin was preparing to seek unrelated charges against the alleged victims.
“During their negotiations, the parties and their attorneys agreed that they would not proceed on any of the charges,” said Wark. “Chery-Valentin did not proceed with the complaints she was going to seek and Judge David Donnelly dismissed the charges against her.”
[The article has been updated to reflect that Linda Chery-Valentin does not own the day care. A board owns it.]