A California teen was being held on $1 million bail Monday after police in Riverside say he admitted molesting dozens of children since he was 10 years old.
Police arrested Joseph Hayden Boston, 18, on counts of oral copulation on a child under the age of 10, authorities said.
“This is going to affect not only the victims for a long time, but also our detectives and officers involved in this,” Officer Ryan Railsback of Riverside police told KABC-TV. “To hear someone just be very open about what they’ve done, and they’re only 18 themselves.”
In a statement, Riverside police say Boston molested two boys, ages 8 and 4, Saturday at the Simply Home Inn and Suites where Boston was staying. The victims, who were staying at the motel with their parents, had been allowed to go into the suspect’s room where the molestation occurred, police said.
Hours later, the suspect called his own mother and told her what he had done, according to the statement. His mother drove to the hotel, picked Boston up and drove him to the police station.
“Officers interviewed the suspect and he confessed to sexually assaulting the two juvenile victims in his motel room,” the statement said. “He also admitted to molesting upwards of 50 children since he was 10 years old in different cities where he had lived.”
Detectives believe Boston has victimized other children who have not yet come forward and were asking for anyone with information about the suspect or possible victims to contact Riverside police.
Boston has also lived in the Southern California cities of Lakewood and Buena Park, the statement said.
Detectives from the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit were assisting in the investigation. The Riverside County Child Protective Services took custody of the two victims, police said.
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