At 3 in the morning on Saturday, a woman flagged down a police officer in Riverside, California. She had something shocking to report — her 18-year-old son had just told her that he had molested two boys, aged 8 and 4, at a motel hours earlier.

The confession by Joseph Boston led to him being arrested and charged. But more details that emerged at the Riverside police station left even the investigators stunned.

The teenager, during an interview with the detectives, admitted he had sexually assaulted the boys at a $65-a-night motel room, about a mile away from the police station. But he also went on to reveal that he had molested “upwards of 50 children” since he was 10 years old, the Riverside police said.

Joseph Hayden Boston (Riverside Police Department)

According to the police, Joseph had been staying at the Simply Home Inn & Suites in Riverside. At the motel, he “befriended” the two boys who were staying there with their parents. It is believed the parents allowed the children to go into Joseph's room on Friday night, where the attack occurred.

It was unclear why the children's parents might have allowed the boys to go with Joseph. The two alleged victims are in the custody of child and family services. 

Joseph had been staying in Riverside, about an hour's drive east of Los Angeles, since earlier this month. He has also lived in the Southern California cities of Lakewood and Buena Park.

"This is going to affect not only the victims for a long time, but also our detectives and officers involved in this," officer Ryan Railsback of Riverside police told KABC-TV. "To hear someone just be very open about what they've done, and they're only 18 themselves."

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Police charged Joseph with two counts of oral copulation on a child under the age of 10, according to online records. He is being held at Robert Presley Detention Center. His bail is set at $1 million. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney. 

Detectives say they believe Joseph has victimized other children and have askd anyone with information about this case or any previous alleged crimes to contact Riverside police.

The detectives who are now trying to retrace the young man’s path of destruction.

According to a report in The Independent, Joseph's Facebook page is deeply troubling and has since been taken down. But a number of news organizations had already taken images of some of the posts. Some of the material seem chilling in hindsight.

One post shows Joseph lying with a young girl by his side, the publication states. The emoji-filled caption on the post reads: “I like Making New friends.”

Another post shows a photo of a sleeping boy wearing a Batman T-shirt. “What a cute kid,” the caption reads. “And they are way easier to control when they are sleeping and not in a bad way!!”


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