A youth care worker at Southwest Key, a nonprofit operating detention facilities for immigrant children, is charged with 11 sex offenses after he was accused of “molesting at least eight unaccompanied immigrant boys over nearly a year,” ProPublica reports. Levian D. Pacheco, 25, a worker at the Casa Kokopelli shelter in Arizona, allegedly performed oral sex on two teenagers and tried to get one of them to penetrate him anally. He is also accused of groping six other teens, with all of the incidents occurring between August 2016 and July 2017. Pacheco is charged with eight counts of abusive sexual contact and three counts of sexual acts. Casa Kokopelli was also cited by the Arizona government last year for “failing to complete background checks, including fingerprinting, to ensure that employees hadn’t previously committed sex offenses and other crimes.” Pacheco ended up having no prior arrests or sex offenses on his record but worked with children without a background check for nearly four months. Another Southwest Key employee in Arizona was also arrested this week for allegedly kissing and groping a 14-year-old girl. The nonprofit is slated to get $458 million in funding this year from the Trump administration.
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