An 18-year-old boy has admitted to molesting more than 50 children in Southern California.
The latest incident occurred in the early hours of Dec. 2. Joseph Hayden Boston, 18, was turned in to police by his own mother after telling her he molested two young boys at a local motel, the Daily Mail reported.
"On Saturday, December 2, 2017, at about 3:00 a.m., a Sergeant with the Riverside Police Department was flagged down at the Magnolia Avenue Police Station by a mother who wanted to turn her 18-year-old son in for suspected molestation," a police statement read, according to WKRG. "The suspect called his mother and said he had molested two young children earlier. She drove to her son’s location and took him to the police station where he later confessed the acts to officers."
One of the victims was reportedly 8 years old, while the other was 4, according to Riverside police spokesman Officer Ryan Railsback. Joseph also told police he had molested "upwards of 50 children" since he was 10 years old.
Joseph is now facing charges of two counts of oral copulation on a child under the age of 10. He is currently detained, and his bail was set at $1 million.
"Detectives believe Joseph Hayden Boston has victimized other children who have not yet come forward," the statement continued. "They are asking for anyone with information about this investigation or the suspect to contact Detective Paul Miranda at (951) 353-7945 or email@example.com."
It is not clear if Joseph had an attorney. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Dec. 6.
Both victims have been placed in the custody of the County of Riverside Child Protective Services. They were staying at the motel with their parents at the time of the incident. They were reportedly given permission to go to Joseph's room where the assault occurred, according to authorities.
"This is going to affect not only the victims for a long time, but also our detectives and officers involved in this," Railsback told KABC. "To hear someone just be very open about what they've done, and they're only 18 themselves."
Several social media users commended the mother for turning her son in. Others believed there may have been something in the suspect's past that influenced his behavior.
"Well done mom! You did the right thing, although I am sure it breaks your heart that your son is doing this," wrote one social media user. "His actions are absolutely unacceptable and your response has most likely saved other innocent children from becoming his next targets."
"This behavior is the result of some personal childhood trauma inflicted on him," responded another. "So, let's not be high-fiving the mother too much. Something sinister lies in his past, and the mother should have protected him from it."