CONVERSE, Texas – A former house parent at Boysville was arrested Tuesday on an aggravated sexual assault of a child charge after a 2015 incident, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Pablo Cosme Briones Jr., 40, was the house parent at an all-girls cottage at the children’s home when the alleged incident took place.
The victim, who was 9 years old at the time of the assault, told police Briones took her into an office while the rest of the girls were watching a movie and sexually assaulted her, according to the affidavit.
The victim was in the care of Briones Jr. from Aug. 11, 2014, to Aug. 10, 2015, and the assault is alleged to have taken place around Aug. 1, 2015, the affidavit states.
Child Protective Services contacted police on Jan. 8 after the victim made an outcry about the alleged abuse at the Boysville girl’s cottage.
Briones Jr.'s bond is set at $50,000, according to Bexar County court records and he has a pre-hearing set for March 25.
Boysville is located at 8555 E Loop 1604 in Converse and is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping serve the needs of children.
The victim is no longer at Boysville, according to the affidavit.
Boysville CEO Paula Tucker provided the following statement to KSAT:
We are aware of the arrest of Pablo Cosme Briones, Jr. in regards to an allegation of abuse that occurred in 2015 involving a resident in our care.
Mr. Briones had ten years’ experience in Residential Direct Care when applying for the position at Boysville. Through a thorough background screening in compliance with licensing and contract standards, he was cleared prior to his hire. This screening includes a fingerprint-based background check against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history database, a background check against the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) criminal history database, and a background check against the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services Central Registry Abuse and Neglect database.
In August of 2015, an allegation was made against Pablo Briones by a resident in our care. Boysville immediately reported the allegation to licensing for investigation. Pablo and his wife were put on suspension and barred from any contact with the children in our care. While waiting on the investigation outcome and based on the statement from the child, Boysville determined that the continued employment of Pablo Briones would present a risk to our children’s safety and his employment was terminated on September 22, 2015 prior to the completion of the licensing investigation.
We are committed to providing a safe environment to children in care. With that in mind, we know that child abusers will seek to abuse vulnerable children. We provide annual training to all staff with Praesidium, a nationally recognized training program and/or the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on how to recognize and report abuse.
We are saddened that Mr. Briones misrepresented himself and Boysville and took advantage of this young lady. However, we are happy that justice has finally prevailed for her.