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Former Foster Parent Now Suspected of Molesting Fourth Child

Steven Weissman, 57, was arrested Friday in Soquel on suspicion of molesting a minor in June 2013, Santa Cruz County sheriff's Deputy Ryan Kennedy said.

Booking photo of Steven Weissman.
Booking photo of Steven Weissman.
By Bay City News Service:

A former foster parent from Soquel who was arrested last year on suspicion of sexually abusing three juveniles is now suspected of molesting a fourth victim, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.

 Steven Weissman, 57, was arrested Friday in Soquel on suspicion of molesting a minor in June 2013, Santa Cruz County sheriff's Deputy Ryan Kennedy said.

 The first report of abuse came in on Aug. 3, and authorities later came to believe that Weissman had molested three juveniles, sheriff's officials said.  He was arrested and charged, but was released on bail as the court case proceeded, Kennedy said.

 He is now back in custody, and is being held in county jail in Santa Cruz on $300,000 bail, according to Kennedy. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on the new charges.

 Weissman had been a foster parent for 16 years, was involved in various community activities with youths, and had volunteered at local elementary schools, Kennedy said.

 Sheriff's investigators believe that there may still be additional victims in the case, Kennedy said. The office is asking anyone with information about the investigation to call (831) 454-2311.

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L.J. CoffeeHead February 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM
I'm sure that the vast majority of people who become foster parents have good intentions. Of the couple dozen people I've met in my life who were children in the fostering system, however, I have only known ONE. who said he wasn't molested somewhere in his fostered years by a 'parent.' There has to be a way to find these people out before they get too far in the system. I don't know the answer to this problem, but the thought of someone getting paid to be a pedophile is extremely disturbing.
harry hubing February 20, 2014 at 12:22 PM
we can thank CPS...IT'S A ABOUT THE MONEY...
gail wingert February 28, 2014 at 01:07 PM
It's not about CPS and money! It's about creepy predators who are good at manipulation and deception, period. We meed education for young kids to make them aware that this happens and what to do in the event that it does. We need to make them feel comfortable and safe when speaking up and give CPS the budget and the tools that they need to protect kids, especially those in the Foster Care system!

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