Jury deliberations begin in trial of Long Island foster father accused of sexual abuse

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Monday, April 24, 2017

RIVERHEAD, Long Island (WABC) -- The jury began deliberations Monday in the trial of a foster father on Long Island who is accused of sexually abusing boys in his care.

60-year-old Cesar Gonzales-Mugaburu is charged with sexually abusing six children and endangering the welfare of two others.

Prosecutors say he fostered more than 100 developmentally disabled or troubled boys over a span of 20 years at his home in the Suffolk County hamlet of Ridge.

Earlier in the trial, one of his victims testified that the sexual abuse was a daily routine and happened whenever Gonzales-Mugaburu wanted.

Gonzales-Mugaburu faces a 17-count indictment, with the top count, predatory sexual assault against a child, punishable by a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.

Gonzales-Mugaburu was arrested last year after authorities said two boys in his care reported alleged abuse to a caseworker.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.