A former employee of an immigrant shelter for children in Texas is accused of fondling one teen from Guatemala as well as offering other children at the site candy in exchange for sexual favors.
Edgar Alexander Campos, 23, is accused of allegedly forcing his hands down a 16-year-old boy’s shorts last summer at St. Michael's Home for Children in Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle. He allegedly fondled him in exchange for letting the teen use his cell phone. Later, that teen told authorities that he once woke up to Campos fondling him again.
Law enforcement have said that they now have surveillance footage which shows him entering kids' rooms after hours multiple times in 2018. Other children in the shelter have stated that Campos offered them candy for sexual favors.
Campos oversaw about 32 kids at the immigration center. He now faces a charge of indecency for his alleged interaction with the teen. He has not been charged in connection with the accusation that he offered children candy for sexual favors.
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston runs the shelter. It said Campos was suspended when it learned of the allegations. He was later fired and the church said it has “fully cooperated with the authorities and will continue to do so."
However, The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests released the following statement: "What's disturbing is that this individual was allowed to be there even after violating rules around being in the children's bedrooms,” according to KPRC in Houston.
The center aims to reunite immigrant children referred by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement with relatives in the United States or the country they are from, according to its website.
The investigation is ongoing, and Campos' next hearing is scheduled for March 7. He has been booked on a bail of $30,000. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.
[Photo: Houston Police Department]
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