Police have released a statement revealing that an 18-year-old man confessed to molesting upwards of 50 children after his mother turned him in to authorities in Riverside early Saturday.
Riverside police also revealed that detectives believe Joseph Hayden Boston has victimized children who have not yet come forward to report the heinous crimes.
Boston’s mother flagged down a Riverside police sergeant at about 3 a.m. at the Magnolia Avenue Police Station, she wanted to turn her son in for suspected molestation acts.
The authorities learned that the suspect called his mother and said he had molested two young children hours earlier. Boston’s mother drove to her son's location and took him to the police station, where he later confessed to officers that he had committed the acts.
The authorities also revealed that Boston had been staying at the Simply Home Inn & Suites that is located in the 9800 block of Magnolia Avenue, where he befriended two boys, aged 8 and 4 years-old.
The two children, who were staying at the motel with their parents were allowed to go into the suspect's room on Friday night when the molestation was conducted.
After a few hours, Boston told his mom what he had done to the two boys. The police managed to conduct an interview with Boston and that’s when he confessed to sexually assaulting the two boys and admitted to molesting more than 50 kids since he was 10 years old. Boston claims that he committed the crimes in different cities where he had occupied.
Boston has been residing in Riverside since early November but lived in the cities of Lakewood and Buena Park. He’s now been arrested on counts of oral copulation on a child under the age of 10. The authorities also booked him in the Robert Presley Detention Center with his bail set at $1 million.
The two boys were taken from the hotel by the County of Riverside Child Protective Services. "This is going to affect not only the victims for a long time, but also our detectives and officers involved in this – to hear someone just be very open about what they've done, and they're only 18 themselves," said Officer Ryan Railsback of Riverside police.