Former Rodarte Center employee accused of sexually abusing boys now has preliminary hearing scheduled – Colorado News

Former Rodarte Center employee accused of sexually abusing boys now has preliminary hearing scheduled – Colorado News

A former Rodarte Center employee accused of sexual misconduct against multiple boys now has a two-hour preliminary hearing scheduled for the end of October.

Jorge Lechuga-Arguijo, 21, was in court for minutes Thursday morning to set up the hearing, after the Weld District Attorney’s office on July 28 charged him with two counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and three counts of attempted sexual assault on a child.

Police and prosecutors contend he touched the boys inappropriately between January and September 2016.

The affidavit for Lechuga-Arguijo’s arrest was heavily redacted to protect the privacy of the case’s victims, so some details about the case are still unclear.

The affidavit does state police first learned in September 2016 about the suspected sexual misconduct from another Rodarte Center employee, who overheard one boy tell another that Lechuga-Arguijo was a “chomo” — a slang term for a child molester. When the employee contacted the child’s mother, the affidavit states, he learned the boy was once very close with Lechuga-Arguijo, spent the night at his house often, and once claimed the man had touched him inappropriately during one of those sleepovers.

When the Rodarte Center employee reported the story to the Greeley Police Department, officers interviewed the boy.

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The child had met Lechuga-Arguijo at the Rodarte Center’s after-school program, he told police, and the man also spent time with him and his friends outside the program. He often took the boys out to dinner, the affidavit states, and also invited them back to his home in the 1700 block of 2nd Street for sleepovers. It was…

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