Court-ordered youth counselor had sex with teen boy

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From NBC Miami

The court-ordered counselor for a Broward County teen was behind bars Wednesday after authorities said he assaulted and battered the boy on multiple occasions.

Raphael Castillo, 44, was arrested Tuesday and charged with four counts of sexual assault and battery on the 17-year-old boy, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

According to the report, Castillo worked as a counselor for The Starting Place, a non-profit based in Plantation that provides treatment and support services for troubled youth.

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Calls for comment to The Starting Place were not immediately returned Wednesday.

The report said Castillo, who was the court-ordered counselor for the boy, began to have sexually explicit conversations with the teen shortly after meeting him.

On Sept. 21, when the victim was discharged from the Starting Place program, Castillo picked him up in his Jeep and fondled him in the vehicle, the report said.

The report said that on Oct. 10, Castillo again picked up the boy and drove to an alley in the area of North 35th Avenue and Van Buren Street in Hollywood, where he had sex with the boy.

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