Former foster care provider admits sexual abuse of boy |

Former foster care provider admits sexual abuse of boy

Gregory Crofton

In a plea bargain Wednesday, a former foster care provider in South Lake Tahoe admitted to continuous sexual abuse of a boy younger than 14.

Drew Seitz, a 54-year-old welder, was arrested in December after police received an anonymous tip he was involved in illegal activity with the boy. An investigator has said the sexual abuse went on for about two years.

Seitz is expected to be sentenced May 24. The maximum prison sentence he could get for the felony is 16 years, said El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe.

The Seitz family had a license to provide foster care from 1986 to 1996, according to Lois Patrick, deputy director of El Dorado County Social Services. Patrick said her records did not show how many children were under the care of the Seitz.

“We did ask any foster children to come forward, but nobody else did,” said South Lake Tahoe Police Detective Donna Kingman. “It’s kind of frustrating. There may be other victims but they may not be ready to disclose at this time.”

Married for 32 years, Seitz has two grown sons, one of whom was adopted.

He initially pleaded not guilty to the crime but Wednesday changed his plea to no contest.

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