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Man convicted of sexually abusing minors in facility for unaccompanied immigrant minors

Posted at 11:33 AM, Sep 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-10 16:12:49-04

A jury convicted a Phoenix youth care worker Friday for sexually abusing unaccompanied minors in a Southwest Key Facility.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Levian Pacheco, 25, was convicted of seven counts of abusive sexual contact and three counts of sexual abuse.

Pacheco sexually abused multiple minors at the Casa Kokopelli Southwest Key Facility in Mesa, Ariz.

Ensuring the safety of all individuals held in federal custody is of utmost importance to this office, stated First Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth A. Strange.  This verdict demonstrates our commitment to securing justice for the teenage boys the defendant abused and sends a message to others in positions of trust that these crimes will not be tolerated.

The jury convicted him of abusing seven teenage boys.

His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 3, 2018.