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Murrieta: 23-year-old man pleads not guilty to felony rape, molestation charges


Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Issue 15, Volume 18.


A former dormitory supervisor at a Murrieta school for troubled youths, who's accused of raping a girl and groping several others, pleaded not guilty today to felony charges.

Wesley Anthony Langdon, 23, was arrested in February following a Murrieta police investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at the Oak Grove Center for Education Treatment and the Arts on Jefferson Avenue.

Langdon pleaded not guilty to two counts each of statutory rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object and annoying or molesting a child under 18.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Judith Clark scheduled a May 9 felony settlement conference for Langdon, who remains free on a $75,000 bond.

According to police, the defendant became the focus of an investigation in early January after a 16-year-old girl alleged he had sexually assaulted her. The girl apparently relayed the information to staff at Oak Grove, who immediately notified the police department.

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Grove is a 24-hour residential treatment center geared to adolescents with emotional, behavioral and neurological problems. According to the nonprofit's website, 76 minors live in dormitories at the Murrieta campus, where they also attend school daily.

Langdon worked as an overnight campus supervisor, according to investigators. He allegedly developed an inappropriate relationship with the 16-year-old and also harassed two other girls in the same dorm, both of whom

alleged that he attempted to hug and kiss them, according to court records.

The 16-year-old alleged that on at least two separate occasions, Langdon asked her to join him in a building adjacent to the dorm, where he had sex with her.

After speaking with detectives, the youth evidently confronted Langdon via Facebook, prompting the defendant to delete his account, police said.

He was arrested Feb. 14 and posted bail the following day. If convicted, he could face more than 30 years in prison.


 

2 comments

Comment Profile ImageFallbrook res.
Comment #1 | Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm
I don't feel that men should be in charge at night of young women. Its just asking for trouble. Young people should be given more classes about how to tell people when something wrong happens and drop boxes so they feel safe telling.
Comment Profile ImageRon W
Comment #2 | Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm
I know the article makes it sound like he was, but he would not have been in charge of the girls dorm.

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