Brothers accused of sexually abusing 6 children

August 31, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

Two Westminster brothers have been accused of sexually abusing six neighborhood children in their home since 1989.

Joseph Emory Boraten, 48, and Walter John Boraten, 50, of the 1700 block of Strand Ave. are charged with multiple counts of child abuse, attempted second-degree sexual offense, attempted perverted practices and third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses.

Walter Boraten was arrested yesterday morning. His brother was arrested Monday.

Both were being held at the county jail last night after Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. set bail at $100,000 each.

Ruth Ann Arty, an investigator with the county's Child Abuse and Sexual Assault unit, told Judge Beck at a bail review hearing yesterday afternoon that two men exposed the children -- ages 5 to 15 -- to explicit films, magazines and books and forced them to fondle themselves and perform sex acts.

Many of the incidents are alleged to have occurred when two men were caring for the children at their home in the absence of the children's parents.

Ms. Arty said many of the accusers' parents "trusted" the pair.

Now, she said, those parents want the men out of the neighborhood.

"There is a great deal of concern in the neighborhood," Ms. Arty testified. "The children are imprisoned in their own homes, and the parents are trying to hold back from taking the law into their own hands."

According to a state police news release, each brother told investigators he didn't know of the alleged activities for which the other has been charged. Two of the six children allege to have been abused by both men.

Neither of the brothers was represented by an attorney at the bail hearing.

Walter Boraten, asked by Judge Beck if he wanted to say anything about what his bail should be, said: "I can't read or write. I don't know what's going on. The way I put it, this is 9 weeks old. Why didn't they arrest us when this was going on?"

His brother agreed with him.

Ms. Arty told the judge an investigation began in June after a child told a counselor of being abused.

Several other children told their parents of abuse, Ms. Arty said.

Investigators executed a search warrant at the Boraten home June 26.

Ms. Arty said police recovered pornographic films, magazines and books.

A Carroll grand jury returned indictments against the brothers last week.

The maximum penalty for all charges is more than 95 years in prison. A trial date has not been set.

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