A Long Island man who was once seen as a saving grace for New York’s foster care system was recently handed an additional charge of sexually abusing one of the many wayward boys he watched over.
Sixty-year-old Cesar Gonzales-Mugaburu pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime in front of a Suffolk County judge, according to the New York Times, on Thursday morning. It was the latest add-on to a previous 17-count list of charges that included sexual misconduct to his dog, child endangerment, and five other sexual abuse claims that were made by two young men that Gonzales-Mugaburu took into his home at some point in time.
The latest indictment was said to have come from the tale of another young man, one of the 106 who were placed with Gonzales-Mugaburu in his four-bedroom Long Island home throughout his life, who claimed that he was assaulted by his former foster father when he was just 13 years old. His tale mirrored that of at least five other boys who have been brave enough to step forward with their stories.
Three of Gonzales-Mugaburu’s victims were unable to testify due to the statute of limitations running out, but the one who stepped forward most recently was able to do so in front of a grand jury. Another two were also set to testify, but backed out from doing so at the last moment.
Mr. Gonzales-Mugaburu’s council, Donald Mates, Jr., says that most of the now-adult foster children are simply liars.
“He opened his home and his heart to some troubled young boys,” he expressed, “and this is how the universe is repaying him.”
As stated by the newest victim, who is said to suffer from behavioral and cognitive disabilities, after being placed with Mr. Gonzales-Mugaburu in 2013, the accused often subjected him to what he said was “daily physical and verbal abuse and periods of starvation,” while also repeatedly attempting to sexually assault him.
Other reports of degrading and lascivious behavior regarding Gonzales-Mugaburu and the children he cared for go back as far as the 1990s, with several others sharing tales of their abuse with social workers or school counselors. For some reason, the non-profit organization which placed the boys into his home, St. Christopher Ottilie Family of Services, failed to look further into the notes that were ultimately sent their way by concerned parties, choosing instead to continue to allow the supposed child molester to watch over more children.
“We believe that the policy [of notifying law officials] was followed,” claimed SCO spokesperson Rose Anello. However, due to state law, she was not allowed to provide any documentation of those reports. Additionally, Joanne Wasserman, the spokeswoman for the Administration for Children’s Services, said their agency never received any notifications from Anello or SCO. Overall, SCO would place more than 70 children into Gonzales-Mugaburu’s care throughout the years.
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio — David Kerns received life imprisonment Monday as his victim spoke out in court.
The 39-year-old man previously pleaded guilty to one count of rape of a child under ten. He accepted a plea deal after evidence was produced contending that Kern’s assaults on the child first began in Bridgeport more than eight years ago.
Monday morning, Kerns went before Judge Frank Fregiato to learn his sentence, but not before the victim's comments on what she calls "a living hell" were read aloud in court.
"He said you couldn't tell anyone, because they wouldn't believe you and they would take you away, and you'd be by yourself. This went on for several years, then it became sexual,” Fregiato said.
Fregiato also noted Kern’s extensive criminal background before handing down the stiffest penalty possible.
"Based upon everything in front of us and the high risk level for repeat offenders, I sentence this sickening monster to life imprisonment,” Fregiato said.
Kerns will be eligible for parole in 15 years.
He must also register as a Tier III sex offender for life.