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Immigration Facility Worker Charged After Molesting Eight Migrant Children In Arizona

A youth care worker for Southwest Key has been charged with 11 sex offenses after authorities accused him of molesting at least eight unaccompanied immigrant boys over nearly a year at a migrant shelter in Mesa is scheduled to go on trial this month, according to court documents.

The allegations against Levian D. Pacheco, who is HIV-positive, include that he performed oral sex on two of the boys and tried to force one of them to penetrate him anally. The other six teens — all between 15 and 17 — said Pacheco had groped them.

In one incident, Pacheco is accused of abusing a teen in medical isolation three times over the course of two weeks, the documents state, AZ Central reports.

All of the incidents are alleged to have taken place between 2017 and July 2018, according to a court filing last week that laid out the government’s case.

The case, initially investigated by local police, is now proceeding through U.S. District Court in Phoenix. Pacheco had worked at Southwest Key’s Casa Kokopelli shelter, one of eight the company runs in Arizona, since May 2016.

This is the third known arrest of a staff member at an Arizona migrant shelter related to allegations of molesting children.

An employee of a Southwest Key facility in Phoenix, Fernando Magaz Negrete, 32, was arrested Tuesday accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl in July. He allegedly kissed the girl multiple times and touched her breasts and crotch in the bedroom she shared with two other minors at the facility.

An employee at Southwest Key’s Tucson facility was convicted of sex abuse in connection with a sex assault incident.

Pacheco’s trial is scheduled to begin on August 28, according to the report.


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