A Gresham man admitted to sexually abusing two young boys after befriending them at Rockwood Central Park, according to court documents filed in Multnomah County this week.
Officers said they first came into contact with 20-year-old Richard Ascoli on June 13, three days after a witness said he found Ascoli and a 6-year-old boy behind some bushes at the park.
"I didn't know what to think what was going on. I just
kind of freaked out a little bit," said Gregg Joki, who told Fox 12 he found the two in the bushes.
Joki said he grabbed Ascoli by his ears and yelled at him. "I said what the hell are you doing? I said what's
going on here?"
Child abuse detectives interviewed Ascoli, and he admitted to performing oral sex on the boy, the court documents said. He also admitted to abusing the boy two weeks earlier inside a park bathroom, authorities said.
Four days passed, and then police received another report of sexual abuse involving Ascoli. The witness reported Ascoli walking with an 8-year-old boy, heading from the park to his home.
The witness went over to Ascoli's home and said he saw the boy walking out of the house, so he knocked on the door and questioned Ascoli, according to the court documents.
When questioned whether he had sexual contact with the child, Ascoli replied, "Yeah, but he started it," authorities said.
The next day, Gresham detectives interviewed Ascoli again, and he admitted to sexually abusing the second child, who is 8 years old. They arrested him on charges of first-degree sex abuse and first-degree sodomy.
The alleged victims aren't related to Ascoli, who is autistic, according to authorities.
Detectives believe there could be more victims. Anyone with information about these cases or additional victims is asked to contact Detective Mike Malanaphy at 503-823-0278 or Mike.Malanaphy@PortlandOregon.gov.
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