Social workers placed five of the siblings rescued from Turpin family ‘house of horrors’ in California, with foster parents now charged with abusing them and molesting two of the sisters ‘more than 50 times’
Foster dad Marcelino Olguin, 63, of Perris, California, has been charged with seven counts of committing a ‘lewd and lascivious act on a child’ and six of torture
His wife Rosa, 58, were appointed caretakers of five Turpin siblings after they were rescued from their parents’ house of horrors in 2018
Both they and their daughter, Lennys, 37, now face abuse charges involving the Turpin children
Marcelino is accused of molesting two Turpin sisters just months after the siblings were placed under his and his wife’s care, which began soon after the children moved into the home
According to charging documents, Marcelino targeted the two girls, one of whom was under 14, for ‘sexual touching’ on their buttocks and upper thighs
He also ‘told them they were sexy, recommended they not wear undershirts, said they had beautiful skin, forcibly kissed them and pulled a minor on top of him’
The couple are also accused of abusing another four children, including a five-year-old force fed sleeping pills and made to stand in a corner for hours on end
Five children rescued from the Turpin house of horrors were placed in a foster home run by an alleged pedophile who then went on to molest two of them.
The foster dad Marcelino Olguin, 63, has been charged with committing a ‘lewd and lascivious act on a child’ and torture.
His reign of terror was allegedly, was aided and abetted by his wife Rosa, 58, and daughter Lennys, 37, who have both been hit with multiple child abuse charges, one of witness intimidation and another of fraud.
Marcelino, Lennys, and Rosa Olguin were arrested on Nov. 3 and charged with a combined 17 counts of child cruelty. Marcelino was charged with four counts of lewd acts with a minor.
According to charging documents Marcelino targeted two of the girls – one of whom was under 14 at the time – for ‘sexual touching’ on their buttocks and upper thighs more than 50 times.
He also ‘told them they were sexy, recommended they not wear undershirts, said they had beautiful skin, forcibly kissed them and pulled a minor on top of him,’ investigator Thomas Salisbury wrote in an affidavit supporting the charges.
The story of the Turpin children’s rescue from their abusive parents, 60-year-old David Turpin and his wife Louise, 53, made global headlines in January 2018. One the daughters had escaped from the house and managed to dial 911.
Soon after the children were rescued from their horrible living conditions and abusive parents, five of the siblings were placed in a foster care at Olguin’s five-bedroom home in April 2018.
But the younger children went from an abusive environment to worse when they were fostered to the Olguins, according to the court documents.
The Olguins allegedly forced the children to take part in ‘confession circle talk’ where they were ‘made to admit to their past sibling abuses, which their biological parents forced them to do’.
The confession circles allegedly began soon after the children arrived at the Olguin home despite the foster parents’ knowledge of the ‘egregious, lifelong, severe abuses’ the minors had suffered at the hands of their parents.
One of the male Turpin children was singled out for extra abuse and was repeatedly imprisoned in his bedroom, ‘cussed at’, ‘demeaned’ and separated from his sisters. The Olguins also ‘intentionally ruined his media devices,’ Salisbury wrote.
All five were also threatened with never seeing their older siblings again if they didn’t comply with the Olguins’ wishes.
The Olguins were housing a total of nine foster children. They allegedly gave a five-year-old girl – who is not one of the Turpins – sleeping pills then forced her to stand, ringing a bell in her ear and spraying water in her face so she could not fall asleep.
This was ‘all while repeating the revenge phrase; “You don’t let us sleep, we’re not letting you sleep”,’ investigator Salisbury wrote. The little girl collapsed and fell on the hard tile floor, he added.
The Olguins also locked the girl – identified as V#1 – in her room for nine hours a day and failed to change her diaper, Salisbury wrote.
‘They frightened V#1 by telling her spiders were in the bathroom. They held her in that dark, noisy, scary bathroom (which contained a large decorative spider at one point) despite V#1’s crying/panicked pleas to be let out.
‘They beat V#1 with sandals,’ added Salisbury, ‘choked her, threw her, and knocked her front tooth out by throwing her down several steps.’
Marcelino and Rosa are certified to provide shelter for children as foster parents and were approved to take in the Turpin children by the Riverside County Children’s Services Division. They live in Perris, the same Riverside County, California town where the Turpins had shared a home with their biological parents.
Both Turpin parents are serving life sentences after being found guilty of systematically abusing their 13 children by beating and starving them, chaining them to the wall as a punishment and allowing them just one shower a year.
But for the younger siblings, the nightmare started all over again just months after they were freed when they were placed with the Olguins in April 2018 who then lived in a five-bedroom home just nine miles from the Perris home the children had shared with their parents.
Salisbury said Lennys Olguin scratched the top of one girl’s hand and, when she was holding a metal coin, moved her hand close to an electrical outlet saying ‘You want to get shocked?’
The Olguins also encouraged two of their foster children to fight each other, the court papers allege, calling one a filthy a**hole and ‘motherf***er,’ while another was told she would end up as ‘a white piece of s**t on the curb’ like her biological mother.
They are also accused of physically abusing those same two children. Rosa is said to have dragged one of them by her hair ‘which resulted in her hair being pulled out.’
A neighbor revealed that Marcelino and Rosa were often seen with their foster children until March 2021 when cops arrived at the home and arrested them.
The Olguins sold their home for $500,000 the following month and moved into the property next door where they have lived since being released on bond.
All three are set to be arraigned next Monday, with Marcelino facing a life sentence if he is found guilty. Riverside County has hired an external law firm to investigate the treatment of the Turpin children, after it emerged last year that the adult Turpins had been largely left to fend for themselves and were unable to access cash raised for their care.
Joshua Turpin, 29, said he had been denied funds to purchase a bike and had been told to ‘Google it’ by his public guardian when he needed help.
Meanwhile Jordan Turpin, 21, said in an interview with ABC she was completely unprepared for independent life when she was summarily turfed out of a foster home when she turned 18.
The rescue of the 13 children came after Jordan, then 17, managed to escape from the family home and dial 911 – despite having never spoken to anyone outside the family before.
When cops arrived at the Perris property, they found some of the children, then aged between two and 29, chained to the wall.
Depraved David and Louise regularly beat and imprisoned their children, fed them just once a day and only allowed them a shower once a year.
They were also forced to live a nocturnal existence, were tortured by being shown food they weren’t allowed to eat and forced to march in circles in the dead of night.
When they were allowed to eat, their diet consisted largely of baloney sandwiches and due to starvation, they all appeared younger than their real age.
According to Jordan, her parents justified the horrific abuse by quoting from the Bible, telling the children they would even be justified if they killed them.
In an ABC interview that aired last year, she also told how she thought she would die after escaping her parents to call the cops.
She said: ‘My whole body was shaking. I couldn’t really dial 911. I think it was us coming so close to death so many times. If something happened to me, at least I died trying.’
David Turpin is currently in the protective custody unit at Corcoran State Prison while his wife is serving her sentence in the Central California Women’s Prison.
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