Joseph Boston is shown in this photo from the Riverside Police Department.
Joseph Boston, of Riverside, California, was arrested after police say he admitted to molesting “upwards of 50 children” over the span of approximately eight years.
The story unfolded after the suspect was staying at a motel where authorities say he sexually abused two children, then confessed those crimes to his mother before he was taken into custody.
According to police, Boston said the abuse occurred in multiple cities and he began committing the horrifying acts at only 10-years-old. While many are calling for the harshest possible punishment, others are sympathizing with the man, citing that something had to have been extremely wrong with him to act so deviant at such a young age.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Police Say He Admitted to Molesting 2 Children to His Mother, Who Turned Him In Before the Nightmare Began to Unfold
Police say the suspect first confessed crimes to his mother.
According to a statement from the Riverside Police Department, “The suspect called his mother and said he had molested two young children earlier. She drove to her sons location and took him to the police station where he later confessed the acts to officers.”
Police said after Boston molested the two children he “called his own mother stating what he had just done.”
The statment reads, in part:
On Saturday, December 2, 2017, at about 3:00 a.m., a Sergeant with the Riverside Police Department was flagged down at the Magnolia Avenue Police Station by a mother who wanted to turn her 18-year-old son in for suspected molestation.
The suspect called his mother and said he had molested two young children earlier. She drove to her son’s location and took him to the police station where he later confessed the acts to officers.
2. He Was Staying at a Motel Before the Arrest, Where He Reportedly ‘Befriended’ 2 Children Whose Parents Allowed Them Into His Room
During an interview with authorities, police said Boston confessed to sexually assaulting two children at a motel he was staying at and subsequently admitted to molesting “upwards of 50 children” since he was 10-years-old.
According to the statement:
The suspect had recently been staying at the Simply Home Inn & Suites, located in the 9800 block of Magnolia Avenue in Riverside. It was there when he befriended an 8-year-old and 4-year-old male victims, who were also staying at this motel with their parents. The children were allowed to go into the suspect’s room last night when the molestation occurred. Hours later, the suspect called his own mother stating what he had just done.
Officers interviewed the suspect and he confessed to sexually assaulting the two juvenile victims in his motel room. He also admitted to molesting upwards of 50 children since he was 10-years-old in different cities where he had lived. The suspect has been staying in Riverside since early November 2017, but also resided in the cities of Lakewood and Buena Park in Southern California.
Police said the two young motel victims were taken into custody by The County of Riverside Child Protective Services.
3. He Posted Eerily Creepy Photos & Statuses to Facebook Before the Arrest
Were warning signs or red flags ignored?
A screenshot from Boston’s Facebook page.
4. Social Media Is Expressing Mixed Emotions About the Suspect Because of the Age That He Allegedly Began the Sexual Deviance
Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook are flooded with mixed emotions regarding the case.
5. He Is Being Held on a $1 Million Bond & Police Believe There Are More Victims
According to police, Boston was arrested on counts of “oral copulation on a child under the age of 10,” and “he was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center with bail set at 1 million dollars.”
Detectives from the Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Unit are assisting authorities with the investigation.
Police stated that “Detectives believe Joseph Hayden Boston has victimized other children who have not yet come forward.”
Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact Detective Paul Miranda at (951) 353-7945. You may also email him at [email protected]
*This story is developing and will be updated as information becomes available.