Riverside police stunned by teen’s alleged confession that he molested 50 children in Southern California
RIVERSIDE – A teenager’s alleged confession to molesting upward of 50 children across Southern California over the last eight years has left veteran Riverside detectives stunned.
“The unusual part of the investigation is him being so young,” Officer Ryan Railsback, a spokesman for the Riverside Police Department, said on Monday. “It’s horrific, especially if it is true. Our detectives don’t have any reason not to believe him. We have to take him at his word.”
Around 3 a.m. Saturday, Joseph Hayden Boston,18, of Lakewood turned himself into police.
Earlier, Boston had allegedly said in a phone call to his mother that he had sexually assaulted two brothers, ages 4 and 8, at the Simply Home Inn & Suites in the 9800 block of Magnolia Ave. in Riverside, Railsback said.
Boston had been living at the motel since September in a room rented by his mother, Mike Bhatt, a front-desk clerk, said on Monday. The teen didn’t cause any problems and would remain in the room throughout the day, while his mother would be in and out, he added.
Boston had befriended the two boys’ parents who were also staying at the motel and allowed their sons to go into the suspect’s room where the molestation allegedly took place, Railsback said.
Boston’s mother, who could not be reached for comment Monday, picked him up at the motel and drove him about a mile to a police station where he was interviewed and arrested.
Boston allegedly admitted to molesting the brothers and about 50 other children over the years in various Southern California cities where he had lived, including Lakewood and Buena Park, Railsback said.
“Our detectives believe that by admitting this, he wanted to come clean and seek help,” he added. “We strongly believe there are other victims out there.”
Authorities in Buena Park and Lakewood said Monday they […]