Child advocate arrested in child sex abuse case
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say a Santa Cruz man who served as a court-appointed volunteer advocate for children has been was arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse.
KPIX-TV reports that the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office arrested 39-year-old Brian Criswell on Friday in the alleged molestation of two children, including one that lasted from 2009 to 2011.
Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Kennedy says Criswell worked in the county’s Court Appointed Special Advocates program. The organization recruits and provides volunteer mentors to spend time with children placed by judges into foster care.
Criswell started working as a CASA child advocate in 2009 and had passed an extensive background check. Cynthia Druley, the group’s executive director, says he was terminated from the program three weeks ago.