Investigators seek sex assault victims from camp

March 26, 2013 3:29:46 PM PDT
A former manager at a technology camp for children is accused of sexual assault. Anthony Tang is charged with assaulting one boy and there is concern that there may be other young victims.

Deputies say any alleged incident happened when Tang worked at the Camp Katy Technology Camp at its old location along the Grand Parkway. That former camp manager's been behind bars for three days now, accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy, and investigators say they want to know if any other young children may have been harmed.

Deputy Thomas Gilliland with the Harris County Sheriff's Office said, "This individual was the day-to-day operations employee of this business, which exposed him to children and juveniles on a daily basis."

Investigators say the sex assault happened two years ago when Camp Katy was located at an office in a shopping center off West Grand Parkway South. Detectives say the young victim recently made an outcry about Tang and the alleged abuse to a therapist in Oregon, and that launched the investigation.

"What we need now, and what we are hoping to find, are more victims, and getting them to come forward, which we know is very hard for families of victims who have been sexually assaulted," Deputy Gilliland said.

Camp Katy Technology Camp says its programs are for students ages 8 through 17. Deputies say the business would sometimes hold overnight events at which Tang was present. Its owner, Amber Strickland, tells Eyewitness News a background check on Anthony Tang was performed.

Strickland issued the following statement: "As both the business owner and a mother I am sickened by the allegations brought against former employee Anthony Tang. We are reviewing the details of the case to ascertain how something like this could have happened. It should be made clear these allegations did not occur during our summer camp. A background check was performed on Mr. Tang and nothing but praise was spoken about him before now."

For now, Tang, 38, is charged with sexual assault and indecency with a child. Right now deputies are asking anyone with information about any additional incidents of sexual abuse related to this case to call Sheriff's Office investigators at 713-830-3250 or Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS.

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