A former case manager at a shelter for undocumented youth caught crossing the border by themselves is being accused of sexually abusing six teenagers while he was supervising calls they made to relatives in Central America.
Prosecutors say Victor Salazar molested six boys between the ages of 15 and 16 at a Fullerton shelter overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services for children detained by border agents, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Associated Press’ Amy Taxin provides more details:
Mark Birney, a deputy district attorney for Orange County, said in opening statements that Victor Salazar molested the boys inside his closed-door office at a Fullerton shelter multiple times between 2007 and 2008.
“They feared that if they said something, they wouldn’t be believed. They’d be deported. They’d be ostracized for having another man touch them,” Birney said. The teens didn’t want to stir up any trouble at the center, which provided them with food, clothing, a stable environment and the chance to go to school, he said.
Salazar is charged with four felony counts of lewd acts on a child, three felony counts of oral copulation of a minor and seven misdemeanor counts of sexual battery.