Three members of a Perris family have been accused of years of physically and psychologically abusing nine foster children, including five who evidence suggests are children of David and Louise Turpin, the Perris couple sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in 2019 for shackling and starving 12 of their 13 offspring.
A Riverside County sheriff’s investigator, in a sworn affidavit written to obtain an arrest warrant in this latest case, wrote that minor and dependent adult foster children were sexually abused, pulled by their hair, locked in their rooms and cursed at — in a home that for some, was expected to represent a new, safer beginning.
One of the victims, a 5-year-old, the affidavit said, was given sleeping pills and then forced to stand in a small, square area marked by blue tape. The defendants would ring a bell, spray her with water and yell at her to keep her awake. She would be locked in her bedroom for nine hours a day, according to the affidavit.
“You don’t let us sleep, we’re not letting you sleep,” the defendants would repeat, according to the affidavit.
Four girls told investigators they were sexually assaulted.
Marcelino Olguin, 62, has been charged with four counts of lewd acts on a minor age 14 or 15, three counts of lewd acts on a minor younger than 14, false imprisonment and willful child cruelty. Lennys Olguin, 36, has been charged with false imprisonment, willful child cruelty and dissuading a witness. Rosa Olguin, 57, has been charged with false imprisonment, willful child cruelty and dissuading a witness, according to the criminal complaint filed in Superior Court in Riverside.
The three were charged on Nov. 3. They posted bail and are due to be arraigned on Dec. 16. Only Lennys Olguin appeared to have an attorney on Tuesday, Nov. 23. That attorney, Gregory Rollins, could not be reached for comment. Also on Tuesday, two people contacted at the Olguin home who declined to identify themselves would not comment on the allegations.
The investigator wrote in the Aug. 25 affidavit that he became involved in the case on March 3. But it wasn’t until the morning before a Friday, Nov. 19, broadcast of an interview with Jennifer and Jordan Turpin on ABC’s “20/20” that county Executive Officer Jeff Van Wagenen announced that the county was investigating the Turpins’ care. The lawyer leading the probe, Stephen Larson, said he was contacted by the county in October.
In that TV interview, in which the sisters said some of the adult children were lacking food and housing despite a trust holding hundreds of thousands of dollars, a reporter also disclosed that the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting an unidentified foster family that hosted some of the Turpin children.
The names of all 13 Turpin siblings begin with the letter J, and the criminal complaint in the Olguin case lists two of the victims as Jo. T. and Ju. T.
Perhaps more telling is the investigator’s description of five of the reported victims, taken in at the Scenic Way home in April 2018 — three months after the Turpin children, ages 2 to 29, were rescued from captivity after one snuck out and called 911.
“Regarding mental abuses to victims #3-#7, the Olguins were told/knew of the egregious, life-long severe abuses the biological parents inflicted on victims #3-#7, before agreeing to foster them. Immediately after being placed at the Olguins’, the three defendants pressure-questioned the siblings about their traumatic past,” the investigator wrote.
“They forced the siblings to participate in a ‘circle confession talk.’ The siblings were forced to admit to their past sibling abuses, which their biological parents forced them to commit. The Olguins told the siblings non-participation would result in not seeing or visiting with their older siblings in the future,” the investigator wrote.
One of those siblings was treated worse than the others, the children told investigators.
“(The defendants) yelled and cussed at victim #3, demeaned him, isolated him, restricted him to his bedroom, didn’t allow victim #3 to talk to his sisters,” the investigator wrote.
John Hall, a spokesperson for the District Attorney’s Office, declined on Monday, Nov. 22, to say whether any of these foster children are from the Turpin family, as the DA’s Office does not typically identify juvenile victims.
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