Riverside County prosecutors Monday received a request from police to bring charges against an 18-year-old man suspected of molesting two children in a Riverside motel room and doing the same to dozens of other underage victims in various locations over the last eight years.
District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Hall told City News Service that the agency had received a report from the Riverside Police Department’s Sexual Assault Child Abuse unit seeking a felony complaint against Joseph Hayden Boston.
Hall said the allegations were “under review” and declined to comment further.
The earliest charges might be filed is Wednesday.
Boston was turned in by his mother in the predawn hours Saturday after he allegedly told her that he had sexually abused two boys — one 4 and the other 8 years old — at the Simply Home Inn & Suites in the 9800 block of Magnolia Avenue.
Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback alleged the suspect “befriended” the victims, who were staying at the motel with their parents, and took them to his room under false pretenses.
After molesting the boys, Boston “called his mother, stating what he had just done,” Railsback alleged.
The woman retrieved her son from the motel and drove him to the police department’s Magnolia Station, where she made contact with a patrol officer and divulged what she had been told, according to Railsback. Detectives then interviewed Boston, who “confessed to sexually assaulting the two juvenile victims in his motel room,” Railsback said.
“He also admitted to molesting upwards of 50 children since he was 10 years old in different cities where he had lived,” the office said. “The suspect has been staying in Riverside since early November, but also resided in the cities of Lakewood and Buena Park in Southern California.”
Boston was booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside on suspicion of oral copulation of a child under 10 and was being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Detectives from Riverside’s child abuse unit are reportedly in communication with Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators regarding the possible molestation of children in Lakewood, as well as Buena Park police for the same reason. However, neither agency has identified any alleged victims, and no charges were imminent in the other jurisdictions.
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