A woman was arrested in Osceola County, accused of preying on babysitters who were caring for her children.
Jennifer Espinoza was arrested on molestation charges, accused of sending the boys, between 14 and 16, inappropriate text messages and touching at least one of the boys, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation started as a child abuse call at the America’s Best Inn off Highway 192 near Old Town, but quickly changed into a case of child molestation.
A mom told a deputy that Espinoza was sending inappropriate texts to her 14-year-old son and touched him. During the investigation, deputies said they found three additional victims.
The affidavit filed by investigators shows one of the boys, told them that Espinoza “requested that (redacted) come to her room when she was alone a few times.”
When he declined, she allegedly “also asked to delete the message that she sent him so that she would not get into any trouble,” documents said.
Another victim told allegedly deputies that Espinoza would text that he should let her “take care of him” and that she could “make his life better.” Espinoza stated that she could “rock the cradle if he would allow her to,” the affidavit said.
“According to the the victims, nothing more than the inappropriate touching occurred but that is a crime and that’s why she’s been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain said.
The arrest report said that Espinoza “advised she did grab all four boys in the genital area” and said the boys are “good kids and that she would take back everything she said if she could.”
The Sheriff’s Office wants this to be a lesson to parents about keeping an extra eye on their children’s communication.
“In this particular instance the parents did the right thing by encouraging the children to tell law enforcement and that is why she was arrested,” Lizasuain said.
Espinoza is being held on no bond for the three counts of molestation. She was also charged with battery for the alleged touching of the 16-year-old boy.
The Sheriff’s Office doesn’t think there are any other potential victims, but said they just don’t know and if you do, you should call them immediately.