Volunteer accused of child molestation

May 12, 2009 10:47:47 AM PDT
A volunteer for an area YMCA is behind bars, accused of sexually assaulting a child. Investigators are sending out a warning to parents who live near that man in a Fort Bend County neighborhood. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Jeffery Dorsten,42, only worked at the YMCA for about two hours last week and was surrounded by parents. He did pass a background check, and there were no incidents. But there are other concerns, as he was known to play with the neighborhood children near his home.

Gayla Gayden is posting notices on mailboxes around her neighborhood.

"I just hope every parent talks to their kids, girls and boys," Gayden said.

She wants to warn everyone about Dorsten, who was arrested on Wednesday. He's been charged with molesting children in the neighborhood.

"He's creepy," Gayden said. "He seemed like a nice guy, but too nice to be for real."

Dorsten lives alone in a home in Richmond, where at least one assault allegedly took place. Last weekend two male cousins called police to say Dorsten molested them five years ago when they were only 13 years old.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Milton Wright said, "His approach was to shower them with gifts and favors. He gets in good with the family as a family friend."

Dorsten was known to give neighborhood boys gifts and even cash. Investigators say he's confessed to four other sexual assaults. Those victims still have to be contacted. Dorsten has not yet been charged in those cases.

"Several of the victims reside out of state at this point," Sheriff Wright explained. "We'll be attempting to contact them also."

In the meantime, Gayden continues to spread the news. She's sad that such things have to happen so close to home, but she's grateful her children was not among the victims.

Dorsten remains behind bars on bond set at $1.5 million. He's charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child. Sheriff Wright says there could be dozens of victims out there. Anyone with information is asked to call 281-342-TIPS.

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