General Crime

Steven Weissman, Former Santa Cruz Foster Parent Suspected of Molesting 4th Child

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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.

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