Bronx After School Worker Accused Of Sexually Abusing Students
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An after school worker in the Bronx has been accused of sexually abusing two 8-year-old girls and inappropriately touching a 7-year-old female student.
Steven Walters, 21, was hired as an aide for the Good Shepherd Services after school program at P.S. 300 last fall after passing all their background checks, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported.
Shortly after his employment, an 8-year-old girl told her parents who then told the school that Walters had sexually abused her in a stairwell, Rincon reported.
Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard J. Condon said Walters was promptly suspended and questioned, but initially denied the allegations.
“He had lied to the police and to the district attorney’s office, but when we went out to see him he confessed to us and we got in touch with the police and he confessed again to the police department,” Condon told Rincon.
An investigation revealed there were two more victims, according to Condon.
Walters told investigators that he realized what he did was wrong and that he would like to get help to stop, but could not do it alone, according to Condon.
Walters was arrested last month and faces a long list of criminal charges, Rincon reported. Bail was set at $100,000 cash or bond during his arraignment on July 17.
Walters is due back in court on Aug. 20.
Condon said investigations of this type are difficult when the victims are so young.
“They’re ashamed of what happened, they don’t even have the language to express what might’ve happened, they’re not sure how wrong or right it is,” Condon said.
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