In-Home Caregiver Arrested for Molesting Autistic Child
The Los Angeles Police Department have released information about the arrest of 29-year-old Jeremy Shawn Stockton, an in-home caregiver who is accused of molesting the young boy to whom he provided care. Stockton was taken in on April 13th on charges of Lewd Acts with a Child under the age of 14. Stockton is an employee of Wellspring, which the LAPD describe as "a local agency that specializes in behavioral intervention for young children with autism," and has worked for them as an in-home care provider since May 2008. Previously, Stockton was a special ed trainee at Grant High School in the valley, and worked with developmentally disabled kids at the YMCA in La Cañada-Flintridge, though he was not employed directly by the YMCA.
The LAPD have provided the details of Stockton's arrest because they believe he may have had other victims. The authorities were notified when the autistic child he cared for in this case came forward with details about the molestation.
The timing is fortunate for the victim in this case, and the potential others, however, as a side note, April happens to be National Autism Awareness month.