Prison Guard, Foster Father Accused Of 2 Child Sex Assaults - New York News

Prison Guard, Foster Father Accused Of 2 Child Sex Assaults

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WEST CHESTER, Pa. -

A 60-year-old West Bradford man whose family has housed over 50 foster children is now charged with assaults on two children who were in his care, prosecutors say.

Leroy Mitchell, of the 1800 block of West Strasburg Road, was arrested Friday for assaulting one child, but an ongoing investigation has revealed another victim, the Chester County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

The first victim is a 9-year-old girl. According to police reports, Mitchell attempted to get into bed with her and engage in other unlawful sexual conduct. He also allegedly took a picture of her private parts while they were swimming in Brandywine Creek.

The second victim is another girl between the ages of 7 and 9. According to the police, Mitchell would make sure she was alone and would proceed to take off her clothes and touch her inappropriately.

District Attorney Thomas Hogan stressed that the investigation is not over. He said, "With dozens of foster children, there are multiple other potential victims out there. We are urging anybody with information to report it immediately."

Mitchell was employed as a Chester County Prison guard, but his employment has been terminated.

He faces counts of aggravated indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and related offenses. Bail has been set at $500,000.

Hogan said in a news release, "We are going to land on this defendant like a ton of bricks. Anybody who sexually assaults a child in Chester County will be arrested, prosecuted, and punished as severely as the law permits."

Anyone who might have more information on this case is asked to call Chester County Detectives (610-344-6866) or Pennsylvania State Police (610-486-6280).

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