A foster father from New York who has helped raise up to 140 children has been charged for sexually abusing at least seven children and a dog.
According to CBS New York, Cesar Gonzalez-Mugaburu, 60, from Long Island, pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual misconduct and child endangerment during an arraignment hearing on March 18 in the state Supreme Court in Riverhead.
The foster father is being held on $1 million bond after being accused of sexually abusing children as young as 8 and having sex with a dog in front of a child, reported Daily Mail.
According to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, Gonzalez-Mugaburu has received up to $18,000 per month, caring for six to eight children at a time since 1996.
Gonzalez-Mugaburu has only been charged with abusing seven children due to statute of limitation laws preventing charges from being filed involving other victims.
In January 2016, two boys reported sexual abuse to a caseworker. The police were contacted and an investigation was launched soon after.
“We know there were other victims,” Thomas Spota said, reported Daily Mail.
According to Rose Anello, the spokeswoman for New York nonprofit St. Christopher Ottilie, the organization has placed 71 children with Gonzalez-Mugaburu since 1996.
According to Spota, the investigation is ongoing. Investigators are working to determine how the abuse went undetected and unreported for so many years.
Gonzalez-Mugaburu will return to court on March 28.