Former Chesco prison guard faces more charges of sexual abuse

A former Chester County prison lieutenant -- already charged in the alleged sexual abuse of two young girls -- is facing another wave of charges related to the sexual abuse of five more children.

Leroy Mitchell, 60, of West Bradford, took in more than 50 foster children over the years. Three of the five children mentioned in the new charges were once foster children in his care. The five victims were between three and 10 years old when the alleged abuse occured, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said.

Hogan said in a release that Mitchell allegedly plied victims with food and candy to "reward" them during the abuse, and added that one of the five victims named in the latest set of charges was allegedly abused as early as 1966, when the child was five and Mitchell was a teenager.

Mitchell was also a girls' softball coach for the Unionville Recreation Association, Hogan said.

"His job, his family life and his coaching activities were part of an act to lure children to him," Hogan said in the release.

Since the initial media focus on Mitchell's case, he said, more victims have come forward. 

The district attorney's office is asking anyone with information on the case to call Pennsylvania State Police Tpr. David Brodeur at 610-486-6280 or Chester County Detective James Ciliberto at 610-344-6866.

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