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Man Trusted With Children Charged With Sexual Abuse

PARMA, Ohio – In an exclusive, inside look at police in action, 19/43 News cameras were on the scene Monday as a man trusted to protect children was charged with sexually abusing them, 19/43 News' Ed Gallek reported.

Parmadale is a group foster home for troubled kids. It's supposed to be a safe place, but on Monday, former counselor Mike Brown got busted for molesting kids there.

"I don't even know what this is," Brown told Ed Gallek as he was being arrested. "I don't know what this is."

Brown acted like it was a big surprise that he was being arrested, but Cuyahoga County sheriff's deputies indicted him on 53 charges of molesting teen-age boys.

Despite being told of the indictment, Brown claimed that he didn't know anything about the charges.

Brown worked as a counselor with troubled teens at Parmadale. He had worked his way up to supervisor.

Investigators, including Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department Lt. Doug Burkhart, said that Brown might have committed more crimes that they don't even know about.

"Absolutely, he's a threat," Burkhart said. "We've interviewed scores of juveniles that were there, and they're stating that possibly there are more victims."

Deputies said that the Brown case has already led to another arrest -- that of a man named Frank Brown, who is of no relation to the Mike Brown.

Frank Brown is charged with abusing a teen that ran away from Parmadale, taking nude videos of him and posting the pictures on the Internet.

Meanwhile, Mike Brown no longer works at Parmadale. In fact, deputies found him working at a restaurant in Fairlawn.

Parmadale said that it has safeguards in place, and that they helped bring some of this to light.

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff said that he still wonders if there are more victims out there, and that he'd like to hear from them if there are.

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