Care home sex preda­tor ‘had half the boys’

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A FE­MALE worker at a care home for trou­bled teen boys has been ac­cused of hav­ing sex with half of them.

Kather­ine Estep, 44 ( above), faces a to­tal of 12 charges in a scan­dal in­volv­ing five boys.

She is said to have touched all the lads’ gen­i­tals, given oral sex to three and flashed her breasts to one while forc­ing him to touch them.

Pros­e­cu­tors say Estep held a po­si­tion of spe­cial trust with the 16 and 17-year-olds which al­lowed her to “ex­er­cise un­due in­flu­ence” over them.

And court files say: “Estep co­erced or en­ticed the young men into co­op­er­at­ing with her with th­ese sex­ual acts.”

She al­legedly also let some of the lads use her mo­bile phone and elec­tronic cig­a­rette and gave them sweets and pills.

Estep faces 17 charges in­clud­ing forcible sodomy and sex­ual abuse at The Jour­ney Im­pact Ranch in Mona, Utah.

All the boys there have been moved to other fa­cil­i­ties.

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